Victoria v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 1st day February 15, 2009

Mail comes to the rescue for New South Wales

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 227 (Mail 101, McKay 3-29) v Victoria
Points table

Greg Mail kept the Blues together with 101 © Getty Images

Greg Mail registered his ninth first-class century and New South Wales needed the contribution as they struggled to 227 against Victoria. Mail stood out with 101 against the Bushrangers, who have a 12-point buffer over Queensland at the top of the table.

Mail spent most of the day working towards three figures but shortly after getting there was lbw to John Hastings (2 for 40), the Sheffield Shield debutant called for extra work after injuries to Shane Harwood and Dirk Nannes. Harwood was out of the attack before lunch with a pectoral injury, but Nannes stepped up with 3 for 34 until he succumbed to a side strain after tea.

McKay took on a heavy load and kept things tight, giving away 29 runs in 23 overs while grabbing three wickets. With two bowlers missing, he could be even busier in the second innings.

Nannes waited until after lunch to land a double blow when he had Peter Forrest (4) edging a cut behind and Ben Rohrer (4) lbw. McKay, who claimed Phil Jaques for 29 in the first session, picked up Dominic Thornely for 24 to a take behind as the Blues stuttered to 4 for 123. Mail helped push them towards 200 before the lower order squeezed to 227.