After a disrupted run last year due to injury, Dolphins batting gun Nick Stevens celebrated his return to the Queensland Bulls the best way possible, scoring a breakthrough hundred against South Australia in the recent Sheffield Shield match at the Adelaide Oval. The match was only Nick’s fourth first-class game.
Having come to the wicket with the Bulls in trouble at 3 for 27 and the bowler on a hat-trick, Nick went about repairing the innings with Redland’s debutant Marnus Labuschagne, the pair putting on 99 for the fourth wicket.
Nick then went on to feature in a 256 run partnership with wicket-keeper Chris Hartley. That partnership was a new fifth wicket record for Queensland against all teams eclipsing the previous record set by Martin Love & James Hopes back in 2003/04.
After day one, Nick was unbeaten on 134, but there was more to come on day two. Carrying on where he left off, Nick continued to plunder the South Australian attack, finally being dismissed for 158 off 290 balls and featuring 20 fours.
Hopefully, Nick’s big innings gives him a settled place in the Bull’s batting line-up. With all at the Dolphins having seen the depth of his talent on display over the last few years, it will be a fitting reward to what should be a very long first-class career.