Australian Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon took his 40th Sheffield Shield wicket this season during another tough day for the Blues in the Final at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field on Friday.
Australian Test and Queensland No. 3 Marnus Labuschagne dominated day two, batting throughout the day, and remained 160 not out at stumps. Matt Renshaw is the other unbeaten batsmen on 29 not out with Queensland 3/286 leading by 143.
Queensland resumed day two at 1/58. Lyon’s 40th Shield wicket was left-handed opener Bryce Street caught at first slip for 46 from a marathon 203 balls.
Lyon's 1-87 extends his lead to five at the top of the Sheffield Shield wicket takers list for this season.
It also took Lyon to 143 Sheffield Shield wickets for NSW. At the end of play, however, Lyon was full of praise for his Test teammate Marnus Labuschagne.
“That’s the first (of the three hundreds against us in the Shield this season) where he hasn’t had a chance. Marnus has been exceptional, love him to death (and I) hope he does it next year against the Poms that would be nice,” Lyon said referring to next year’s Ashes.
Whilst Lyon acknowledged Queensland was strongly ahead in the game, he emphasised the Blues had not given up hope.
“The game’s not dead yet. There’s a small hope for us there, we just need to come out here tomorrow and make sure we can challenge these guys' defence.”
“We’re professional cricketers. The challenge for us as professional cricketers, we have to turn up tomorrow and do it again which is a great challenge and competing against one of the best batters in the world."
Mitchell Starc (1-32) was the other wicket taker for NSW on the second day of the Shield Final.