New South Wales v Victoria, ING Cup, Sydney February 13, 2005

McGrath and MacGill seal Victoria's fate

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 4 for 266 (Haddin 96*, Katich 78) beat Victoria 152 (White 61, McGrath 4-36, MacGill 4-45) by 114 runs

Glenn McGrath and Stuart MacGill shared eight wickets to end Victoria's ambitions for a berth in the final. The 114-run defeat inflicted on them by New South Wales meant they failed to secure the two points for a place in the ING Cup decider. Tasmania, only a point ahead, will now take on Queensland in the final on Sunday.

McGrath dismissed the first four batsmen to leave Victoria reeling at 4 for 61. MacGill then claimed one before coming in for severe punishment, particularly at the hands of Cameron White, whose 61 contained four sixes. But MacGill struck back, removing White and Shane Warne within an over to effectively halt Victoria's tournament. The match ended with Victoria all out for 152.

A blazing 96 by Brad Haddin took New South Wales to 4 for 266. NSW's innings began with a 106-run stand between Simon Katich and Michael Clarke. Katich's 78 took 100 balls, but Clarke, who scored 35, had a strike-rate of less than 50. Clarke's dismissal brought Haddin to the crease, and the runs began to flow immediately. Haddin's innings contained three sixes, five fours and gave the innings an impetus it did not lose even when Katich and Matthew Phelps fell within four balls of each other.