While the match between Queensland and South Australia finished today in a draw, Burns was the stand-out performer in the match.

The one-time Test opener scored his maiden first class double century, finishing 202 not out in the Bulls first innings, and continuing a remarkable string of recent innings.

Burns has now scored 514 runs at 57.11 this season, with his past two matches including scores of 71, 103 and 202 not out.

The top order batsman’s milestone yesterday came in front of his dad Reg, who was raised in FNQ, and Ingham’s Elaine Costa, who was proud to be at the venue as her nephew celebrated the rare milestone.

His efforts follow in the footsteps of great-uncle Harold Burns, born at Ebagoola 400km north of Cairns, who became a noted Queensland representative in cricket and rugby league in the 1930s.

Queensland recommenced at 4-123 looking at a potentially massive first-innings deficit, however Burns and Jack Wildermuth (56) began to rebuild by adding 104 for the fifth wicket.

Rookie captain Jimmy Peirson continued the fightback with a steady knock of 82 not out and contributing to an unbroken 186-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Burns upped the ante after passing 150, eventually hitting 15 fours and four sixes to surpass his previous highest first-class score of 170.

Peirson made the selfless call to put the team first and forgo the chance of a maiden first class century and with early wickets in the Redbacks second innings, gave his side the chance to potentially snatch maximum points.

The Redbacks eventually set Queensland a steep target of 330 from 51 overs, but the chase soon became irrelevant.

Discarded Test opener Matthew Renshaw enjoyed the challenge though, finishing 51 not out and batting through a tricky final hour against a turning pitch.

The draw keeps Queensland in second spot with Tasmania’s outright win over NSW seeing it vault to third spot.