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Blues, Bulls, Tigers on top in Shield

By AAP .
8 December 2013 06:20PM EST

NEW South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania have had good opening days of their Sheffield Shield clashes against South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia respectively on Sunday.

Fringe Test all-rounder Moises Henriques gave selectors a forceful reminder of his game-changing ability with a brilliant century on day one of NSW's clash with South Australia.

The 26-year-old was near flawless as he made a mockery of the Redbacks' decision to send NSW in under clear skies, scoring 127 as the Blues finished the day 373 all out.

Henriques sent SA's bowling to all areas of the SCG - including two monster sixes that landed in the new stand which will be unveiled for the fifth and final Ashes Test next month.

A 187-run fourth wicket partnership between Henriques and veteran Ben Rohrer (97) dragged the Blues from a tricky situation at lunch, when they were 3-84, to a healthy position by stumps.

Redbacks skipper Johan Botha took the first risk in the top-of-the-table match when he elected to field and appeared vindicated when his bowlers, led by Joe Mennie (4-60), knocked over NSW's top three by lunch.

But Rohrer and Henriques went on the attack immediately after the break, taking on offspinner Botha (1-63) and Gary Putland (1-103) as both raced past 50.

Rohrer finished an agonising three runs shy of his first century of the summer, falling lbw by Kane Richardson (1-51).

Henriques blasted his way through the nervous 90s to secure just his second first class century, and his first since September last year.

He hammered 15 fours to go with his two sixes before Botha exacted some revenge by trapping him lbw, while Rohrer smashed 19 boundaries himself.

Captain Peter Nevill (42no) and bowling allrounder Trent Copeland (18) combined to put on 33 late in the day to drive home the Blues' day one advantage.

Earlier, Mennie dismissed Scott Henry (18) and Nic Maddinson (38) to give the visitors the upper hand after the first session.

He also grabbed the final two wickets, as NSW lost their last six wickets for 53, to finish the pick of the bowlers along with Chadd Sayers who knocked over Copeland and Steve O'Keefe (4) to finish with 3-82.

QUEENSLAND are 4-263 at stumps on day one of their clash with Victoria at the Gabba.

Victoria kept Queensland in check with the ball on a flat deck after the hosts won the toss and were cruising at 0-131.

The Bulls lost 2-26 when openers Luke Pomersbach (73) and Joe Burns (75) went quickly in the middle session.

And Queensland stumbled again when they lost 2-7 as Scott Boland (3-35 off 18 overs) sparked the dismissals of Test aspirant Usman Khawaja (40) and Chris Lynn (33).

However, Bulls skipper James Hopes (19 not out) and Peter Forrest (17 not out) dug in to ensure honours were shared by stumps.

Both teams are desperate to kick-start their Shield campaigns in the last round of four-day matches before the competition takes a break for the Big Bash League Twenty20 tournament.

Bottom team Queensland have approached the clash as a must win game after amassing just four points in five matches - 14 behind leaders NSW - while the second-last Bushrangers (8 points) are reeling from two outright losses.

WESTERN Australia slumped to be all out for 258 late on day one of the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at Bellerive.

Seemingly cruising at 2-172 after they were sent in, the Warriors lost 8-86, only Cameron Bancroft (93) and Adam Voges (59) amongst the runs.

At stumps, Tasmania were 0-7 in reply, with Jordan Silk four and Mark Cosgrove two.

WA emerged from tea at 3-176 but were 5-202 when Andrew Fekete (2-44) removed Mitch Marsh (4) and Xavier Doherty had Bancroft caught at midwicket.

Tigers allrounder Evan Gulbis (3-44) struck twice with the old ball before Luke Butterworth (3-46) mopped up the tail.

Tasmanian captain Tim Paine celebrated his 29th birthday with five catches, including a 30-metre dash and dive to remove Sam Whiteman (24).

Voges looked in superb touch following up an unbeaten 235 against Queensland, sweetly timing nine fours before he became one of Paine's victims off Fekete at 3-172, a decision the batsman looked unimpressed with.

Bancroft fell short of his first Shield ton after anchoring the innings when he rashly tried to hit Doherty over the top and was caught by Ben Dunk at 5-202.

In grey and blustery Hobart conditions, the Warriors had weathered some good early bowling to be 0-58 when opener Luke Towers (28) fell lbw to Sam Rainbird (1-60).

A run later the Tigers had the prized scalp of former Test batsman Shaun Marsh (1), caught in the slips off Gulbis.

Voges and Bancroft put on 113 for the third wicket before the Warriors' collapse.

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