New South Blues batsman Moises Henriques has scored a vital century for the Blues on day one of the fourth round JLT Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday.
Henriques made 152 from 178 balls in a total of 279 after Blues captain Peter Nevill earlier won the toss and elected to bat in his 100th First Class match. At stumps, Queensland is 1/23 in reply with Marnus Labuschagne (9 not out) and opener Matt Renshaw (8 not out) the unbeaten batsmen.
Nevill claimed his 300th First Class catch late in the day to remove opener Joe Burns (6) from the bowling of Australian Test fast bowler Josh Hazlewood (1-10).
The magnitude of Henriques innings could not to be understated. The next best score for the Blues was 29 made by Nevill and the allrounder was the glue that held the innings together for the hosts.
It was the eighth First Class century for Henriques and he brought it up in 115 balls. The powerful right-hander struck an impressive 20 fours and one six during the knock.
The century was also his second against Queensland this season after he hit 134 not out against the men from the Sunshine State at Drummoyne Oval in a six-wicket victory during the JLT One-Day Cup.
Henriques shared important partnerships with 19-year-old Jason Sangha (27) and Nevill to steady the ship for the Blues throughout the middle stages of their first innings.
Together with Sangha, Henriques added 88 for the fourth wicket and that was followed by a 99-run partnership between the centurion and Nevill.
Henriques was finally dismissed when he bunted one back to paceman Mark Steketee (4-38) in his return.
However, Queensland fought back late in the day and was rewarded for some hard toil with a flurry of wickets. NSW lost its final six wickets for just 16.
WATCH: Moises Henriques after his magnificent 152 for the Blues at Manuka Oval.
Steketee claimed best figures for Queensland. He was the only Queensland bowler to take multiple wickets for the visitors in the first innings.
Allrounder Jack Wildermuth was the most economical of the seven Queensland bowlers used. He returned 1-22 from 14 overs.
Notably, the part-time off-spin of Matt Renshaw (1-13) also claimed the important scalp of Nevill in the 73rd over.