Matt Renshaw scored a hundred for Sheffield Shield toppers Queensland © Getty Images
Matt Renshaw scored a hundred for Sheffield Shield toppers Queensland © Getty Images

Matthew Renshaw found the headlines a couple of times during a Sheffield Shield game between Queensland and Western Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane. His 143* architected Queensland’s win as they continue to top the tables. However, this is about a rare feat.

An on-field joke by the Australian opener proved costly as he was slapped with a rare five-run penalty.

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The first part of the game’s law 27.1 states, “The wicketkeeper is the only fielder permitted to wear gloves and external leg guards.”

Wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson gave the ball a chase towards square leg after throwing his glove on the field. Renshaw used wicketkeeper’s gloves to catch a throw from Peirson. With a smile, he handed the gloves to the keeper and was returning to his fielding position when umpires made him aware of the rule and slapped Queensland with a five-run penalty.

Renshaw took it as a learning experience and described it as funny.

“The glove dropped right next to me so I thought it’d be quite funny to put the glove on and try and take a catch with the glove on. I didn’t really think of the rule at the time, I just thought it’d be quite funny. But the umpires came together and said it was five penalty runs. I know that you’re not supposed to do it, but I thought it was just one of those frowned upon things,” Renshaw told Cricket Australia.

Renshaw represented Australia in 10 Tests, scored 623 runs at 36.64. After having a promising start to his international career, the 21-year-old Yorkshire-born Australian cricketer lost form and was dropped from the national side.