Matthew Renshaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, County Championship 2018, Yorkshire, Somerset
Matthew Renshaw (left) and Cheteshwar Pujara © Getty Images

It is two out of two for Matthew Renshaw. The Australian opener followed up his debut hundred in County Championship with another one and this time he brought up the milestone before lunch. The Day One of Somerset versus Yorkshire at Taunton was washed out due to rain. On Day Two, Renshaw tore apart the Yorkshire bowling in conditions difficult to bat.

(Trivia: Renshaw was born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire)

Usually a solid batter who takes time to get  going, Renshaw exhibited a different style of batting as he brought up his hundred of just 84 balls. This is his fastest First-Class hundred of his career.

Renshaw’s First-Class hundreds by balls (courtesy cricket.com.au)

  • Dec 15: 249 balls to reach 100 (finished with 170 off 395 v NSW)
  • Feb 16: 200 balls (146 off 244 v South Australia)
  • Nov 16: 192 balls (108 off 202 v South Australia)
  • Jan 17: 201 balls (184 off 293 v Pak)
  • Feb 18: 149 balls (170 off 218 v Vic)
  • Feb 18: 130 balls (112 off 148 v South Australia)
  • Mar 18: 153 balls (143* off 196 v WA)
  • Apr 18: 137 balls (101* off 139 v Worc)
  • Apr 18: 84 balls (111* off 97 v York)

In his County Championship debut, against Worcestershire earlier this month, Renshaw scored 101 of his team’s 202 and inspired them to a win.

Cheteshwar Pujara eager to share Yorkshire dressing room with Joe Root
Cheteshwar Pujara eager to share Yorkshire dressing room with Joe Root

Renshaw brought up his century with a six and finished with 112 of just 99 balls. Somerset put up 216 in their first innings. From 145 for 1, Somerset lost 9 wickets for just 71 runs.

Pujara flops again

Cheteshwar Pujara, ranked 7th in ICC Test rankings, playing his second game of the season for Yorkshire, was dismissed for 7. He was dismissed LBW by Lewis Gregory. Pujara managed 2 and 18 in his first game of the season for Yorkshire, against Nottinghamshire.