Victoria v WA, Sheffield Shield, MCG

Wade guides Bushrangers to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 3, 2012

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Victoria 219 and 5 for 171 (Wade 50*, Behrendorff 3-24) defeated Western Australia 248 and 138 (Pattinson 4-42) by 5 wickets

Matthew Wade plays forward, Victoria v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, day 3, Melbourne, November 3, 2012
Matthew Wade's punchy innings took Victoria to outright victory © Getty Images

Australia's Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade enhanced his reputation for making runs when most needed with a punchy 50 to guide Victoria to a five-wicket Sheffield Shield victory over Western Australia at the MCG.

Set 171 to win after James Pattinson, Jayde Herrick and Clint McKay shared the wickets to round the Warriors up for 138 in their second innings, the Bushrangers wobbled at 5 for 99 after the loss of three wickets for two runs.

However Wade wrested the initiative from the visitors with an innings that featured a trio of sixes, quickly whittling down the target to complete an unhappy week for WA cricket following the investigation into the conduct of the Perth Scorchers at the Twenty20 Champions League and Marcus North's resignation as captain.

Jason Behrendorff claimed three second innings wickets with his left-arm fast mediums for a haul of seven in the match, but he and the rest of the bowlers were not given quite enough runs to defend after their batsmen had folded meekly in the second innings.

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Posted by Meety on (November 4, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

@Beertjie on (November 04 2012, 12:07 PM GMT) - ditto. Wish Quinney best of luck!

Posted by Beertjie on (November 4, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Good mid-forties by Rogers. Rather have him in as an opener than Quiney.

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 3, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

this pretty much puts the Hadds Vs Wade debate to rest, in case if it is still around. Wade has played crucial knocks in as many as 3 occasions ( 106 against WI, the 89 and this 50 in Shield ) in the recent past. Good enough to get his spot as our primary WK. Good Luck Wadey !! though I feel for Haddin - such a lovely player to watch when on flow, but highly inconsistent !! Can never forget that brilliant 50+ against SA in 2011 to win the test for us.

Posted by Meety on (November 3, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Good innings under pressure, hopefully he won't have to come in at the same sort of score at the Gabba!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Nice work from Wadey to guide the Vics home. Behrendorf must be one to watch with match figures of 7 for 53. And all top 6 wickets, very impressive.

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