Queensland v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 1st day December 11, 2009

Surprise captain Henriques guides Blues

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 5 for 299 (Khawaja 78*, Hughes 75, Henriques 65, Jaques 56, Simpson 3-51) v Queensland

Moises Henriques stood tall in his first match as the New South Wales captain with a steadying half-century that helped the Blues to 5 for 299 at stumps on the opening day. Henriques, 22, was a surprise choice to lead the state in his 14th first-class match when the intended skipper, Stuart Clark, was ruled out due to a back injury.

His 65 was a key in the New South Wales recovery after they slipped to 4 for 154, having just lost 4 for 21 following a strong opening partnership. Henriques combined with Usman Khawaja for a 137-run fifth-wicket stand that allowed the Blues to push on to a strong total at the close, with Khawaja on 78 and Steven Smith on 4.

Henriques' opposing captain Chris Simpson did the damage for Queensland with 3 for 51 and he turned the match temporarily in the Bulls' favour after the positive opening efforts of Phil Jaques and Phillip Hughes. Both men are hoping to push their cases for Test recalls and they pushed the score to 0 for 133 in the 37th over.

Jaques, who appeared the most logical captaincy option in the absence of Clark, made 56 before he was caught off the bowling of Ben Cutting. Hughes struck eight fours and a six in his 75 before he was caught by Cutting having top-edged a sweep off Simpson.