It had been 10 years since a participant had each scored a century and brought a five-wicket haul in a single Sheffield Defend match.
On Monday two gamers on two fields separated by nothing greater than a carpark each pulled off the feat inside an hour of each other.
Queensland’s Michael Neser had already put his title up in lights along with his five-wicket haul on the opening day of the Sheffield Defend and on day three in opposition to Tasmania he rollicked his option to a century with back-to-back boundaries off Riley Meredith.
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The seamer hit 20 boundaries (19 fours, one six) in his 168-ball 121 earlier than falling to Beau Webster as Queensland posted a primary innings complete of 529 after bowling Tasmania out for 250.
It’s the twelfth time Neser has handed 50 in first-class cricket and the primary time he has scored a ton. With a batting common of 25.74, he has authentic claims to seam-bowling all-rounder standing and shall be hopeful that bodes in his favour when selectors title their squad for the summer time.
Throughout the park, Ashton Agar added extra gasoline to his choice claims, matching Neser’s efforts to grow to be the second participant previously 10 years to attain a century and take a five-for in the identical Sheffield Defend match.
Having already scored an unbeaten 114 with the bat, Agar claimed figures of 5-103 to assist Western Australia bowl South Australia out for 314.
Agar opened his account by having Travis Head caught at deep sq. leg, earlier than bowling Harry Nielsen by means of the gate, taking Nick Winter’s edge and bowling Chadd Sayers. He wrapped up his five-wicket haul by catching brother Wes Agar off his personal bowling.
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A REAL SOS
After being one in every of Lloyd Pope’s first innings victims 36-year-old Shaun Marsh, captaining WA within the absence of his injured brother Mitch, took the match away from the Redbacks with a robust final session filled with boundaries,
Marsh took to the drained and ineffective assault to veteran, smashing a run-a-ball 100, together with an enormous six off Nick Winter that went in to the automobile park to push his staff’s lead previous 350.
He completed the day not out on 102, WA 2-195, with an in a single day declaration doubtless.
A NEW CONTENDER AT THE TOP
There was a buzz round South Australian opener Jake Weatherald for some time now however he has by no means really been within the combine for Check choice.
This summer time issues may very well be completely different. Whereas Joe Burns has a short-term lease as David Warner’s opening associate, his grip just isn’t concrete. Both method, given Australia will doubtless want to choose a bumper squad for a summer time of bubble life, the number of a 3rd opener to shadow the staff wouldn’t be a shock.
Within the opening spherical of the Sheffield Defend, Weatherald has ensured he shall be within the selectors’ thoughts for that place in the intervening time, scoring a century that helped South Australia to a complete of 314 all out in reply to WA’s first innings complete of 5-481.
Whereas Burns fell for six, Weatherald cashed in on beneficial batting circumstances at Karen Rolton Oval.
The southpaw helped himself to a 160-ball 105 earlier than being caught behind off the bowling of Western Australia seamer Cameron Gannon.
He was the third batsman to attain a century within the match, after WA pair Agar (114*) and Josh Inglis (153*). Earlier, Cameron Bancroft scored a helpful 46 earlier than perishing to a gem a of a googly from Lloyd Pope.
Monday’s century was the seventh of Weatherald’s profession and third throughout the previous two seasons — probably the most of any batter alongside WA’s Cameron Inexperienced. With a mean of 33.93 heading into the season, it’s unlikely that simply the one century shall be sufficient for the aggressive left-hander to earn a call-up, however a run off sizzling kind is perhaps.
Weatherald’s SA teammate and Check incumbent Head scored 31 and was one in every of 5 males to fall to left-arm finger-spinner Agar.
— with Russell Gould, NCA Newswire