CRICKET: Mark Steketee bats in shield cricket.
CRICKET: Mark Steketee bats in shield cricket. Luke Bowden

First shield half century for Warwick player in SCG game

CRICKET: Mark Steketee has hit the first half century of his Sheffield Shield career.

The Warwick paceman hit 53 off 150 balls, an innings which helped ensure New South Wales had no chance to push for an outright victory against Queensland.

Batting at No.10, Steketee joined keeper Chris Hartley at the crease and the pair added 103.

Steketee's previous highest score in Sheffield Shield cricket was 34. He now averages more than 18 runs per innings.

During his time in Warwick cricket, Steketee belted some centuries but is not accustomed to occupying the crease to ensure a draw.

New South Wales scored 6-603 and Queensland replied with 434 and 1-123, including 88 not out by Joe Burns off 110 balls on top of his 108 in the first innings. The match was drawn.

With the ball, Steketee finished with 1-93 off 28 overs. He now has 44 wickets in 13 Shield games.



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