Victoria v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 3rd day November 29, 2009

McDonald and Hastings bury the Bulls

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 378 beat Queensland 195 and 133 (Hastings 4-30, McDonald 4-37) by an innings and 50 runs

Andrew McDonald and John Hastings shared eight wickets as they pushed Victoria to a six-point buffer at the top of the Sheffield Shield table following an innings-and-50-run triumph over Queensland. Rain tried to take the match into a fourth day but McDonald, who bowled unchanged for 20.3 overs, and Hastings broke through to finish things off shortly after tea.

The Bulls, who were missing the opener Ryan Broad with a broken thumb, were dismissed for 133 to follow their 195 in the first innings. Only four batsmen made double figures and Lee Carseldine's 27 was the best effort as the visitors were thoroughly outplayed.

Hastings charged through the lower order and was on a hat-trick after having Chris Simpson (23) caught behind and bowling Ben Cutting. When play resumed after tea he removed Chris Hartley (26) and Scott Walter before McDonald ended the match by knocking over Daniel Doran. McDonald finished with 4 for 37 while Hastings captured 4 for 30 in a neat collection.

The Bushrangers, who won the competition last year, are now on 14 points, six ahead of Queensland and South Australia. They also have a game in hand after starting the season late due to their Champions League Twenty20 commitments.