Victoria pull off incredible victory
Victoria 188 and 8 for 508 dec (Arnberger 152, White 119, Harvey 90*, Bichel 6-108) beat Queensland 371 and 169 (Perren 52, Noffke 45*) by 156 runs
Victoria completed an amazing turnaround at the Gabba, dismissing Queensland for 169 to win their Pura Cup game by 156 runs. It was only the fourth time in the 112-year history of the competition - which was originally known as the Sheffield Shield - that a team had won after following on.
"We had to find a way back into the game, it was graciously given to us by the opposition captain," Greg Shipperd, Victoria's coach, told the Australian Associated Press. "We took full advantage. A couple of times in the last couple of seasons I think Queensland have seriously underestimated our ability to play at the level that we have."
Resuming at 6 for 472, Victoria declared their second innings on 8 for 508, setting Queensland an improbable victory target of 326. A more achievable aim for them was batting out almost five-and-a-half hours to force a draw, but their batsmen proved hopelessly inadequate to the task, lasting just 59 overs.
They started well, reaching 1 for 51 at lunch, but the slump came about in the afternoon session, when six wickets went down. The slide started immediately after the break, when Martin Love and Shane Watson fell in quick succession. Clinton Perren made 52, but wickets continued to tumble at the other end, with Michael Lewis and Ian Harvey taking three wickets apiece. Ashley Noffke provided some resistance, remaining unbeaten on 45, but Victoria were not to be denied.
Shipperd pointed out that Victorians aren't the type to give up. "Last year they [Queensland] scored 600 down at the Junction Oval, and expected us to roll over - it was another indication of that sort of thinking," he said. "In the last couple of years, Victoria have deserved to be respected, probably more than they are by the opposition."
Jimmy Maher, Queensland's captain, denied any lack of respect on their part. "I'm sorry if it's disrespectful for enforcing the follow-on," he said. "Next time I'll give them 100 runs as well to show them a lot of respect. My bowlers were fresh. They wanted another go at them because we only bowled 45 overs [in the first innings]. And then in the second we had them 6 for 100 effectively, so I think he's looking at the wrong things." After being 6 for 293, a lead of 110 overall, Cameron White and Ian Harvey rallied for Victoria, and put on 205 for the seventh wicket, the first stage of a remarkable turnaround.
The win lifted Victoria to fourth spot with 12 points, but Queensland continue to lead the Pura Cup table with 22 points, two clear of New South Wales.