Newly-wed Charlie Hemphrey stood tall today in whites as the my FootDr Queensland Bulls finally got to grips with Western Australia in their JLT Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba.
The right-hander was 60 not out as the Bulls made heavy going of their first innings after south-east Queensland’s weather delivered a series of challenges that included almost all of the opening day being washed out.
Hemphrey at least at the best of the weather last week when he married fiancée Rhiannah Perkins in idyllic conditions at New Farm Park a day after returning from the Shield match against South Australia.
The English-born batsman made the most of his chances, defending stoutly and taking advantage of loose deliveries in the bowler-friendly conditions.
His half century, the second in three games, helped Queensland reach 8-146 on a challenging day that also saw allrounder Jack Wildermuth isolated from teammates as he recovered from a vomiting bug.
Wildermuth did not bat until late in the day and was the last batsman dismissed.
While Hemphrey stood tall, there was also patience from Marnus Labuschagne (23) who along with Sam Heazlett (18) were the only other batsmen to make double-figures.
The Bulls will look to score quickly before hoping to mkae immediate inroads with the ball tomorrow as the final two days of their match seem set to be played in “hurry-up” mode
Persistent intermittent rain meant that a little over two sessions was able to be played today, with ground staff and umpires making numerous attempts to get the game underway only to be thwarted by showers.