'Remarkable': QLD spinner notches incredible 80-year first

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Pictured here, Mitchell Swepson bagged a third straight five-wicket haul for QLD.
Mitchell Swepson's fine form for QLD continued with a third consecutive five-wicket haul. Pic: Getty

Mitchell Swepson has cemented his burgeoning reputation as one of Australia's finest spin bowlers, with an extraordinary feat in Queensland's Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia.

The Bulls leg-spinner helped his side to a commanding position against the Redbacks after a third consecutive five-wicket innings.

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Not since 1939-40 when former Test spinner Bill O'Reilly bagged five-wicket hauls in four consecutive innings, has a leg-spinner matched Swepson's astonishing achievement.

The 27-year-old was the catalyst for a shocking Redbacks batting collapse that saw the South Australians lose 7-34 after Test batsman Travis Head's wicket for 37 runs late on Monday.

Swepson's haul of 5-55 came after he removed Head in controversial circumstances, with the Redbacks batsman convinced his LBW decision hit him outside the line of the stumps, from wide of the crease and around the wicket.

The spinner's wicket of Liam Scott also carried an element of fortune about it after the allrounder was given out LBW, despite clearly hitting the ball with his bat.

However, there was no disputing the quality of his deliveries to remove Conor McInerney and tailender Wes Agar after deceiving both batsman with wicked flight and spin off the Glenelg Oval pitch.

Swepson's devastating spell of bowling left retiring Callum Ferguson carrying the can for the Redbacks, who finished day two at 9-154, still 342 runs behind the Bulls' first innings score.

The 27-year-old comfortably leads the Shield wicket-taking standings with 20 wickets already this season, at an average of 18 after just five innings.

His latest heroics left fans convinced that a Test call-up is imminent - even if it as a back-up to Australia's greatest off-spin bowler, Nathan Lyon.

Renshaw, Peirson put Bulls on top

Queensland's dominant lead in the match came after Matthew Renshaw and Jimmy Peirson both bludgeoned centuries earlier on day two.

Renshaw made his biggest contribution of the season for Queensland, finishing 168 not out, while wicketkeeper Peirson (109) registered his breakthrough first-class ton.

The big score was a welcome return for Renshaw who had last scored a century for Queensland in March 2018.

"It's nice to get a hundred on board, it's been a long time without one," Renshaw said.

Pictured here, Matthew Renshaw celebrates his ton against South Australia.
Matthew Renshaw's century helped put the Bulls in a commanding position. Pic: Getty

After slipping to 2-11 on day one, the Bulls had three consecutive centurions in the match, with former Australia Test bat Usman Khawaja cracking 131 on day one.

Something of a forgotten man of Australian cricket - having last pulled on the baggy green two-and-a-half years ago, Renshaw showed his capabilities when in-form during his 230-ball innings (18 fours and 5 sixes).

Chadd Sayers was the pick of the SA bowlers with 2-98.

"Our efforts are fine, no issue with that, but we need to be better," SA coach Jason Gillespie said of his side in the field.

But batting was a different story.

"By and large we got ourselves out and there's no hiding from that," he said.

with AAP