Australia opener Matt Renshaw’s very good begin in county cricket continued on Saturday when he scored 100 earlier than lunch for Somerset in opposition to Yorkshire — his second century in as many matches.Renshaw’s innings of 112 was the cornerstone of Somerset’s 216, with paceman Jack Brooks taking 5 for 57 for the guests on the second day of the First Division conflict at Taunton.
However on a day when 20 wickets fell, Yorkshire had been bundled out for 96 in reply as Lewis Gregory and Tim Groenewald took three wickets apiece earlier than Somerset closed on six with out loss of their second innings — a lead of 126.
Renshaw solely joined Somerset as their abroad participant after the southwest county tore up compatriot Cameron Bancroft’s contract on account of his involvement within the ball-tampering scandal that overshadowed Australia’s latest tour of South Africa.
Renshaw repaid Somerset for the late call-up with 101 not out on debut in a win over Worcestershire final week.
And having made a fifty on Saturday that was solely composed of boundaries the 22-year-old, born in Middlesbrough, northeast England, went on to an 86-ball hundred together with 14 fours and 4 sixes to realize the spectacular distinction of 100 earlier than lunch following Friday’s opening-day washout.
“It was a reasonably totally different innings to my regular recreation however having assessed the wicket this morning, I did not really feel comfy simply fending at it,” Renshaw informed Somerset’s web site.
“I used to be higher if I used to be enjoying full cricket pictures,” he added after a hooked six off Brooks noticed him to 3 figures.
“They had been bowling rather well and I felt that if I fended one and nicked off, it might actually annoy me.”
Renshaw, who has made 11 Check appearances, added: “I attempted to take the sport on and put stress on their bowlers and tried to come back out on prime. I assume it was simply my fortunate day.”
Australia haven’t gained the Ashes away from dwelling since 2001, with their latest Exams in Britain usually seeing their top-order wrestle within the swing-friendly situations which might be an indicator of English first-class cricket.
However at this price of progress, Renshaw ought to be well-prepared for subsequent yr’s Ashes tour, simply as Australia nice Greg Chappell, considered one of cricket’s excellent batsmen of all time, benefitted from enjoying for Somerset earlier than the 1971 sequence in England.
“The wicket is kind of fascinating,” mentioned Renshaw. “The odd ball begins swinging and it is nipping about a little bit bit, which is kind of totally different to what I’m used to.
“It is going to be a great problem for me to try to bat a bit tomorrow (Sunday) and attempt to put extra stress on their bowlers.”
He added: “This has been a great begin for me however there may be loads of cricket to go this season. Hopefully, I can keep it up like this.”
First Printed: April 29, 2018, 8:23 AM IST