Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 3rd day March 12, 2010

Victoria seal home final with innings win

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 382 (Hussey 140, Finch 102, Wade 50) beat Tasmania 222 and 114 (Drew 40, Wright 3-11) by an innings and 46 runs

Victoria will head into the Sheffield Shield final as the favourite after finishing the regular rounds with a nine-point advantage. The Bushrangers warmed up for Wednesday's decider with an innings-and-46-run victory over Tasmania, who were brushed aside for 114.

The Tigers, who are currently fifth, suffered a horrible start to be 6 for 18 after Darren Pattinson and Damien Wright grabbed three wickets each. Alex Doolan's 7 was the highest score of the top five and three wickets went on 16, including the retiring Dan Marsh. Tim Paine gained some ground and was last out for 28, while Brendan Drew (40) and Xavier Doherty (19) helped out.

Wright had 3 for 11 off seven overs, giving him eight wickets for the game, and Pattinson returned 3 for 15 off 12 in impressive displays. Bryce McGain, the legspinner, chipped in at the end with 3 for 57 as he hopes to hold his spot ahead of Jon Holland for the final.

Matthew Wade's 50 pushed Victoria to 382 in the morning and they now have an extra day to prepare for the decider against Queensland at the MCG. It will be a repeat of last year's final, when a draw gave the Bushrangers the trophy.