Queesland (QLD) had captain Chris Hartley and Joe Burns to thank as they secured a draw with New South Wales (NSW) at the Sydney Cricket Ground despite Moises Henriques’ double century.
It is not often that a side which loses two of its top two batsmen for ducks and sits at 2-2 eventually finishes with 603 on the board – but that is exactly what Moises Henriques’ side did.
NSW skipper Henriques won the toss and decided to bat on a flat looking SCG pitch – a decision which eventually proved fruitful for him and his side. Despite losing Daniel Hughes and Ed Cowan for ducks – NSW eventually declared on 603 after Henriques himself had made a career-best 265 – a stunning knock which included 28 fours and five sixes.
Peter Nevill also made a century as he shared a mammoth partnership of 391 for the fifth wicket with his captain, while Nick Larkin and Kurtis Patterson scored 86 and 88 respectively. It was hard graft for the QLD bowlers and in truth there were no stand out performers though Marnus Labuschagne did pick up 2-103.
In response to NSW’s massive score, QLD, led by captain Hartley and Joe Burns batted well and made 434 – which under normal circumstances would have been a competitive total – however they were still left with a 169-run first innings defecit.
Burns, who made 108, shared a first wicket partnership of 140 with Peter Forrest (79), which set QLD’s chase up nicely only for them to fall away later in the innings. Hartley finished on 86*and Sam Heazlett chipped in with 42, though arguably most impressively Mark Steketee made 53 off 150 balls batting at number ten.
William Somerville earnt the plaudits for NSW on the bowling front as he finished with a career best 8-136. The 32-year-old bowled an incredible 58.5 overs in his spell – while Doug Bollinger and Arjun Nair both took a wicket apiece.
As QLD still trailed by 169, NSW were able to enforce the follow on, as they pushed for an unlikely fourth day victory.
Burns again performed resolutely and was unbeaten on 88 when the captains shook hands on a draw with QLD’s score at 123-1 with little time left on day four.
The draw leaves NSW second in the ladder, while QLD are less than a point behind in fourth place.