Victoria charged with ball-tampering during win
Victoria 306 and 2 for 81 beat South Australia 168 and 213 (Cooper 53, Holland 4-61, McKay 3-66) by 8 wickets
Victoria have been charged with ball-tampering during their win over South Australia at the Adelaide Oval, where Jon Holland took a career-best four-wicket haul. The Bushrangers were penalised five runs during South Australia's innings after the umpires Simon Fry and Bob Parry found markings on the ball after the last delivery on the second day.
The side will face a Code of Conduct hearing this week after being reported for a level one offence under rule 1.7 of the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour, which relates to "failure by a team to ensure the condition of a ball is not changed in breach of law 42.3". The standard penalty is a fine of 10% of each player's match fee, as well as the five-run penalty.
Victoria's captain Cameron White said after play he was not aware of any specifics to do with the alleged breach. "I can't say a lot, obviously the umpires have made an allegation," White told AAP. "We know that it's a team thing and it's a hearing so that is about all we know to be honest. We actually ... don't know what the allegation is at this stage, so when we find out, we'll assess where it goes from there."
The charges took the gloss off a comprehensive eight-wicket win for Victoria, which took only three days. Chasing 81 for victory, the Bushrangers reached their target with only two wickets down, with Aaron Finch on 25 and David Hussey on 8, after the Redbacks struggled in their second innings.
Only one ball was possible in the first session due to rain, and when play resumed South Australia quickly lost Callum Ferguson for 15. Holland and Clint McKay (3 for 66) then ran through the rest of the Redbacks line-up to keep the home side to 213.
The left-arm spinner Holland ended up with 4 for 61 and in the current state of Australian spin bowling, a couple more handy performances like that and he could find himself in the mix for a national call-up. The win was Victoria's second of the summer and they sit fourth on the Sheffield Shield table, while the Redbacks are second-last.