queensland 293 for 3 wickets (Burns 127*, Clayton 96, Neser 51*) vs tasmania
This was former Test batsman Burns’s first Sheffield Shield century in 980 days. His previous century came on February 18, 2021, at the same venue against the same opposition, with Burns scoring 171 in the first innings of the match which Queensland won by three wickets.
Batting at number 3 on Thursday, Burns unleashed the full range of strokes from his repertoire against the Tasmanians and scored his 20th first-class century off 213 balls.
He had previously failed to reach 50 in all 11 of his first-class innings for Queensland in 2023.
Burns drove through cover and past point behind the seamers with grace and control. A late cut from offspinner Jarrod Freeman took him into the 90s and it was a shot full of class. Burns was equally strong on the leg side and looked every bit the former Test batsman who has scored four centuries at the highest level.
Clayton had scored 109 against Victoria in his last Shield innings and was looking good to score consecutive centuries. But a short ball from Brad Hope reached the 24-year-old quickly and he hit his pull shot straight to mid-on. Clayton scored 96 runs in 175 balls with the help of 10 fours.
In-form all-rounder Neser was promoted to No. 5 for the first time in his first-class career and was given a lease of life at 5 when Jordan Silk dropped a sitter in the slips off Freeman.
Neser rode his luck but played with aggression. In the final overs, Tasmania had nine fielders on the fence, but Neser continued to try and field every ball he faced.