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SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2016-17

Injured Henriques walks off in Hobart

29 November 2016

Blues captain throws ball into the turf before walking off the ground midway through an over in Hobart

A visibly frustrated Moises Henriques has been forced to walk off Blundstone Arena late on the final day of NSW's Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania with a side strain.

Henriques bowled just two balls in his ninth over before leaving the field, not before he slammed the ball into the turf in frustration.

The allrounder grabbed his side after bowling the second ball of the over and then pulled out of his run-up as he prepared to deliver the third delivery, before throwing the ball into the ground.

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The skipper then grabbed his cap and jumper from the standing umpire and immediately walked off the ground.

NSW assistant coach Geoff Lawson confirmed after the match that Henriques had suffered a side strain, the extent of which would become clearer in the coming days.

Henriques' frustration was no doubt amplified by the fact he'd requested the match come to an end just a short time earlier.

Faulkner's match-saving first Shield ton

With eight overs remaining and no sign of a result, Henriques asked Tasmania for their agreement to call it quits but allrounder James Faulkner, just short of his century, refused.

"I said 'no', and then he injured himself," Faulkner said of the Blues skipper.

"I was trying to keep them out there all day and it's his choice whether he wants to bowl. Obviously it's disappointing for him to be injured but that's the game."

Lawson said the NSW players were left confused by their skipper's sudden exit. 

"(Henriques) is not big on telling you what an injury is, he keeps going, he always takes the more flamboyant way rather than the safe way - he'll bowl rather than say 'that hurts'," Lawson said.

"I'm not quite sure why we were all out there, I think you could call it off with eight overs to go."

Henriques has had a luckless run with injury in recent times, including two serious calf problems and a severe jaw injury suffered in a mid-pitch collision when playing county cricket in 2015.

The latest injury comes after he scored a polished 115 in the first innings of the match, his fifth first-class century.

Valuable century to Moises Henriques

Henriques played the last of his four Tests on Australia's tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year.

He captained NSW to their second-consecutive Matador BBQs One-Day Cup title last month, scoring 85 in the final and 164no earlier in the tournament.

In more bad news for NSW, just before Henriques' departure, quick Trent Copeland ran from the ground after the ball hit the end of his index finger while attempting a catch at slip.

Having taken eight wickets for the match, Copeland went straight to hospital with Lawson describing the finger as a "mess".

NSW had the better of the Shield clash in Hobart but the home side held on for a draw thanks to an unbeaten 185-run partnership between Faulkner (100no) and Beau Webster (85no).

In more injury news, promising Western Australia fast bowler Jason Behrendorff suffered a stress fracture in his leg during his side's loss to Queensland in Townsville.

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