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Renshaw impresses in battle for Test opening berth

Matt Renshaw works the ball off his pads Getty Images

Queensland 4 for 269 (Renshaw 89, Hemphrey 68*) v Western Australia

A patient 89 from Test hopeful Matt Renshaw underpinned a solid opening day for Queensland against Western Australia at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

Renshaw batted for four hours and faced 215 deliveries in his first half-century of the Shield season before Matt Kelly trapped him lbw from around the wicket with a ball that appeared to keep a fraction low.

The Bulls laid a strong platform after winning the toss. Renshaw and Joe Burns put on a 90-run opening stand. Burns fell one short of a half-century, caught behind attempting a cut shot off Jhye Richardson. Marnus Labuschagne fell to a similar stroke from the same bowler guiding a ball to Josh Philippe in the gully for just 11.

Renshaw and Charlie Hemphrey put on 77 before the opener fell in the 68th over. Sam Heazlett made just 21, clean bowled by the part-time offspin of Will Bosisto late in the day.

Hemphrey backed up his fighting 87 in last week's draw with South Australia with another half-century. He moved to 68 not out at stumps with 10 fours and a six. Jack Wildermuth remained 16 not out. While the Warriors did not make significant inroads they did keep the scoring under three runs per over on a fairly benign surface.