Opening duo Keene to continue their run-scoring form

EMERALD Brothers opening pair Cameron Keene and Chris O'Shea experienced a Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer-type stand against Clermont at the weekend.

The duo laid on 228 before O'Shea came unstuck on 120 in his second century of the year.

Keene finished the 40 overs with his highest ever score of 160 from only 123 deliveries.

For Keene it was a special score after the batsman fell four runs short of a century the week prior.

"I was pretty disappointed last week after losing concentration, and to get a score like this against a team like Clermont is very special," Keene said.

"It's only my second century ever - my highest score was 101.

"At the start of the innings I was trying to be conservative and see off the new ball, but Chris took control at the other end - you could definitely describe it as a Hayden and Langer-type partnership.

"I nudged it around for the first 50 and then it's all guns blazing."

Opening batsmen rarely carry the bat through the innings, making it a memorable knock for Keene.

"I haven't had many not outs, so this one is right up there with the best of them," he said.

"It was tough getting through the 90s though - Clermont let me know about it.

"I would have been in there for a few overs."

On the back of their stand, Brothers piled on 6/349, with Clermont's Ryan Nunan the pick of the bowlers with 5/76.

He also made 72 runs with the bat.

Topics:  cricket

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