Hussey leads Victoria to victory
Victoria 8 for 188 (Hussey 74, MacGill 5-54) beat New South Wales 187 by 2 wickets
A 78-ball 74 by David Hussey helped Victoria sneak a low-scoring thriller as they beat New South Wales by two wickets at the International Sports Stadium in Coffs Harbour. Requiring 188 for victory, Victoria stumbled home despite the heroics of Stuart MacGill, who took 5 for 54.
Coming in to bat after Victoria had lost two wickets with only 26 on the board, Hussey quickly stabilised the innings, adding 86 for the third wicket with Brad Hodge (42) and 48 for the fourth with Cameron White (18). At 3 for 160, Victoria were coasting towards victory, but Hussey's dismissal - after an innings which included seven fours and three sixes - triggered a collapse in which five wickets went down for 27. MacGill took all of them, but Andrew McDonald, coming in at No.8, scored a valuable unbeaten 14 to seal the issue.
New South Wales had only themselves to blame after choosing to bat and not putting up enough runs on the board. Phil Jaques (37) and Matthew Phelps (44) got starts, but neither converted them into substantial scores. Gerard Denton, the right-arm seamer, and White took three wickets apiece as NSW were bowled out with 7.3 overs unused.