Jewell shines as Victoria dominate
Victoria 6 for 338 (Jewell 92, Hussey 76, Butterworth 3-43) lead Tasmania 218 (Bailey 73, McDonald 3-29, Wright 3-57) by 120 runs
Nick Jewell fell short of his second century of the campaign but his 92 helped Victoria set up a strong first-innings lead over Tasmania. At stumps on the second day the Bushrangers had a 120-run advantage and they were 6 for 338 with Rob Quiney on 46 and Damien Wright on 4.
Victoria have now taken points from all four of their Sheffield Shield matches but two of those games finished as draws and they will be desperate to post a second win in their first home match of the tournament. After their bowlers finished off Tasmania for 218 early in the first session, Jewell and his batting colleagues continued the good work.
The only one of Victoria's top order who failed was Brad Hodge, who during the match became the state's most-capped player. Hodge's celebrations were short-lived when he was lbw for 3, one of three wickets for Luke Butterworth. After Hodge departed Jewell and David Hussey combined for a 117-run stand that pushed Victoria within sight of Tasmania's total.
Jewell nudged in front of his opening partner Chris Rogers (37) as the state's leading run scorer this season but his habit of getting out in the 90s bobbed up again when he fended a short ball from Gerard Denton to gully. Tasmania could not get a run of wickets and Hussey kept the runs coming with 76 before falling to Butterworth.
But by that stage the first-innings points were Victoria's and Andrew McDonald extended the lead with 46 to continue his solid all-round game after taking 3 for 29. He did not improve his wicket tally in the morning session as Tasmania added 29 to their overnight score.