JLT Sheffield Shield 2018-19
Bulls bats stumble after Lehmann ton
Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns both dismissed cheaply after Jake Lehmann posted a century in Adelaide
27 October 2018, 07:40 PM AEST
Matthew Renshaw misfired again after Jake Lehmann boosted his Test chances with a stylish century on South Australia's dominant JLT Sheffield Shield day against Queensland.
Queenslander opener Renshaw was out for a duck after Lehmann's superb 126 delivered the Redbacks a 274-run first-innings lead on Saturday's day three of play in Adelaide.
Queensland are 3-163 at stumps, still 111 runs in arrears, with Test incumbent Marnus Labuschagne dismissed for 28.
Renshaw, overlooked for the recent Test series against Pakistan after suffering concussion in a warm-up game, fell without scoring after making just three in the first innings.
The left-hander on Saturday was caught behind, feathering an edge to become SA paceman Joe Mennie's 250th first-class wicket.
Renshaw's teammate and another Test aspirant Joe Burns made seven before chopping a Chadd Sayers (1-29) ball onto his stumps, leaving the Bulls at 2-10.
Labuschagne survived a confident caught-behind appeal from Sayers' bowling when on eight but failed to make the most of the reprieve.
The right-hander, who made his Test debut in the series against Pakistan, parried an in-cutter from Mennie (2-24) to a fourth slip position where Jake Weatherald held a sharp catch.
Bulls duo Charlie Hemphrey (76no) and Sam Heazlett (41no) steadied with an unbroken 102-run stand but the visitors face an almighty scrap to avoid defeat.
Earlier, Lehmann compiled his seventh first-class century in dashing fashion.
The 26-year-old son of former Australian batsman and national coach Darren Lehmann cracked 13 fours and a six in his 192-ball innings, which ended with a spectacular outfield catch.
The left-hander whacked a lofted sweep shot that appeared set to sail over the mid-wicket boundary, only for a diving Jack Wildermuth to catch the ball while in mid-air over the rope.
Wildermuth completed the catch and, before touching the ground, flicked the ball to Hemphrey who completed a remarkable dismissal.
Lehmann was quick to hose down talk of higher honours when he spoke after play.
"Nah, mate, to be honest with you, it's all hype," he said.
"That's this time of year, you know, the Test series comes up, there's one-dayers before it this year. So, it (speculation) is probably going to go on longer than it did last year.
“(It’s) all part of playing cricket.
"And, if you can't just focus on what you have got to do within this (Shield) game that we're playing right now, then you're probably looking too far ahead.”
Bulls paceman Brendan Doggett was the pick of the Bulls' bowlers, taking 4-82, with SA's imposing first-innings total of 505 highlighted by Tom Cooper's 178 on Friday.
South Australia: Jake Weatherald, Conor McInerney, Tom Cooper, Travis Head (c), Jake Lehmann, Tim Nielsen (wk), Cameron Valente, Joe Mennie, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Lloyd Pope.
Queensland: Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Charlie Hemphrey, Sam Heazlett, Jack Wildermuth, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson, Luke Feldman, Brendan Doggett