Recent Match Report – South Aust vs Queensland 26th Matchh 2022/23

Recent Match Report - South Aust vs Queensland 26th Matchh 2022/23

South Australia 272 (Manenti 88, Lehmann 65, Neser 3-60, Bartlett 3-54) vs Queensland

Benjamin Manenti has fallen short of a maiden first-class century, but the spinner’s boundary-laden innings lifted South Australia back from the brink on day one of their Sheffield Shield match against Queensland in Brisbane.

Manenti cracked 88 as South Australia were bowled out for 272 just before stumps on day one at the Gabba.

Easily the Shield’s fastest scoring side, South Australia scored their runs off 80 overs after a rain-hit afternoon.

New captain Jake Lehmann was the other main contributor with his quickfire 65 coming off just 58 balls.

But Manenti was the star with 15 boundaries in his 101-ball knock.

It was a third half-century in four innings for the No. 8 who is fast making a case to be considered an allrounder.

South Australia looked in deep trouble with Lehmann’s dismissal leaving the visitors at 6 for 111 after being sent in to bat by Queensland.

Wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen also made an important contribution down the order before being dismissed late in the day for 47.

Michael Neser (3 for 60) and Xavier Bartlett (3 for 54) were the chief wicket-takers for Queensland.

The latter dismissed Manenti after a flashing drive was caught in the gully.

South Australia lined up without Wes Agar, the Shield’s leading wicket-taker before this round of games – he is being rested ahead of next Wednesday’s One-Day Cup final against Western Australia.

The second-placed Queensland went into the penultimate round fixture sharing the No. 2 spot on the table with the in-form Victoria.

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