Matthew Renshaw is pushing hard to reclaim his Test spot. Picture: AAP
Matthew Renshaw is pushing hard to reclaim his Test spot. Picture: AAP

Renshaw back in the groove with rollicking 345

Matthew Renshaw snapped the ball and chain which has been following him this summer by producing the highest score in Queensland Premier Cricket history for Toombul on Saturday.

Renshaw smacked a rollicking 345 against Wynnum-Manly, beating the previous record set by fellow Toombul player and former Queensland opener Wade Townsend who scored 311 not out in 2019-10.

His extraordinary innings saw Toombul amass 5-550 on the first day of their two-day weekend round match.

"I had never scored a double century before - my 184 in the Test in Sydney (against Pakistan) was my highest ever,'' said Renshaw.

Renshaw said he was just batting normally but when he reached a double century club captain Cameron Boyce saw the big milestone looming.

"He said if I could get up to 300 it was worth a try for Wade Townsend's record - I'm not sure whether he has something against Wade.''

The skilful left-hander gained the benefits of being eight kilograms lighter than he was a year ago to bat until the last over of a hot and humid day before being caught at deep midwicket.

He smacked 38 fours and 12 sixes including one audacious reverse sweep which carried the fence.

The innings could prove a shackle-breaker for Renshaw after he has being weighed down by constantly being on trial for his Test future.

"I felt really good today. It was nice to dig in and bat without having to worry about selections. I was quite relaxed.

"I have a lot of friends and Toombul who I have played with and I always enjoy spending time with them.''

Renshaw was 85 at lunch, 180 at tea before switching on the afterburners with a powerhouse final session in an innings which he moved nicely through the gears.

Renshaw has managed just one Sheffield Shield half century this domestic summer but is highly rated by the national selectors.

It would only take a couple of major scores for him to surge back into Test selection.

 

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