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White ball form transfers to Shield for Sixers captain

22 October 2019

Sixers captain Moises Henriques acknowledges his Sheffield Shield century at Drummoyne Oval.

A great start to the season in the Marsh One-Day Cup for Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques has been replicated against the red ball with an outstanding century during the most recent round of the Sheffield Shield completed on Monday.

Henriques made his ninth First Class century courtesy of a trademark powerful 124 from 190 balls in the eight-wicket win for the NSW Blues over Tasmania at Drummoyne Oval.

In the opening four matches of the Marsh Cup, during late September and early October, he scored 194 runs averaging just under 50 against the white ball.

Henriques is one of six Sydney Sixers named in the Blues squad for the Marsh Cup match against Tasmania on Wednesday at North Sydney Oval.

Leading run-scorer in the Marsh Cup, Daniel Hughes with 300 runs at 100, is one of those players. Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon, paceman Sean Abbott, teenager Jack Edwards and Blues captain, wicketkeeper Peter Nevill are the other Sixers named.

Despite missing out in the round one Shield win over Queensland, Henriques hit back quite literally clearing the fence four times and reaching the boundary on 13 occasions during his hundred last week.

Henriques shared a 197-run third wicket partnership with the indomitable Steve Smith (106) that ultimately proved pivotal in the victory.

Abbott also kept his economical form going against Tasmania.

The right-arm quick claimed four wickets for the match and has taken eight wickets in the opening two Shield matches for the Blues, conceding two runs per over and averaging 20.

Sixers spinners Stephen O’Keefe and Lyon returned to the Blues side for the Shield win at Drummoyne, each claiming two wickets.

Sixers young gun Josh Philippe (65) also made his first half century of the Shield season for Western Australia during its nine-wicket win over Victoria.