Victoria v Queensland, Sheffield Shield final, Melbourne, 4th day March 16, 2009

Victoria inflict more pain in preparation for Shield win

Victoria 510 (White 135, Hussey 113, Rogers 105, Wade 70, Symonds 4-48) and 1 for 82 (Rogers 42) lead Queensland 200 (Love 41, Nannes 4-65) by 392 runs
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Dirk Nannes finished off Queensland for 200 as he collected 4 for 65 © Getty Images
 

Victoria upgraded their chances from a trophy-winning draw to a comprehensive win before deciding to inflict more pain on Queensland by not enforcing the follow-on and increasing the lead to 392. Initially it was hard to decide whether Cameron White was planning a declaration on the fifth day, but Chris Rogers showed the intent by blazing 42 off 24 balls before stumps. Whatever the result, the Bushrangers will have the trophy on Tuesday afternoon.

Over the past two days Queensland have been out-played comprehensively and their plight worsened as they turned a 65-run opening into 200 all-out against an intimidating line-up of Dirk Nannes, Clint McKay and Shane Harwood. Victoria earned a lead of 310 with the Bulls' tumble and in their second innings were 1 for 82 after 13 overs.

Rogers, who fought for a century on Friday, turned into a Twenty20 player as he lashed nine boundaries while Nick Jewell was unbeaten on 31 from 36. Queensland's situation was so bad that Ben Cutting could not even smile when Rogers played on, leaving the batsman with 1195 runs for the season, eight short of Michael Klinger's mark.

Rain on the second and third days seemed to rule out the possibility of any side winning the match and White eliminated Queensland's hopes of an upset with 135 before his first innings ended in the opening session on Monday. However, the Bulls lost 6 for 52 in an amazing period that further energised the hosts and deflated the visitors.

Ryan Broad was lucky to survive on 26 when he inside-edged on to his pad and the ball went to White at first slip. In the next over there was no doubt about Broad's nick to Matthew Wade to the lifting delivery from Harwood, who had replaced Nannes.

Once he had warmed up, Harwood bowled Martin Love between bat and pad on 41, making the batsman wonder if it would be his last innings for his state. Love, who had passed 10,000 Shield runs with a clip for four behind square after lunch, and his team-mates were soon thinking about when they would be needed again. There will be more time to consider the situation overnight.

Shane Watson (13) looked in good touch before he was unlucky to edge Nannes behind from the seventh ball of an over called by Bruce Oxenford. Six deliveries later Lee Carseldine played on to the tricky McKay, who then followed up by knocking over Andrew Symonds for 14. Symonds was uncomfortable and unable to deal with a ball that stayed low and hit half-way up off stump.

The wicketkeeper Chris Hartley was lbw to a late inswinger from Nannes and the Bulls were suddenly 6 for 117. James Hopes and Chris Simpson lifted the pace for a short time before Hopes (25) found one of two midwickets to give McKay his third breakthrough.

Further embarrassment came as Simpson (27) left a ball from White that drifted in and Cutting (21) offered no shot to a Nannes delivery that also hit off stump. Ben Laughlin played at Nannes but was out-classed, and the bowler earned 4 for 65. McKay was impressive with 3 for 35 while Harwood returned 2 for 38.

In the morning, White brought up his century as McKay kept him company with 39 not out. White, who was reprieved a couple of times on Sunday, was eventually dismissed with the third delivery of the third new ball when he edged Hopes to Hartley.

His innings started late on the opening afternoon and was interrupted by numerous wet weather breaks, including the second-day wash-out, but lasted less than six hours in batting time. On Monday, White moved to his hundred with a drive for four off Laughlin and left with 18 boundaries as well as a pulled six off Daniel Doran. Hopes was the best of the bowlers with 3 for 119 from 44 overs while Symonds picked up 4 for 48 with his medium pace before their situation became even worse.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo