Victoria v SA, Sheffield Shield, MCG November 23, 2012

White leads Victorian recovery

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 6 for 259 (White 88*, Handscomb 69, Putland 4-48) v South Australia

Cameron White led Victoria out of trouble with an unbeaten 88 after Gary Putland struck three times in one over to give South Australia the upper hand early on the first day in Melbourne. At stumps, the Bushrangers had reached 6 for 259, with John Hastings at the crease on 14 alongside White, who had earlier combined with Peter Handscomb for an important 131-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

White was within sight of what could become only his second first-class century in four seasons, his most recent one having come two years ago this week, for Australia A against the touring England side in 2010-11. He and Handscomb steered Victoria out of the trouble they found themselves in at 5 for 83, after Putland got rid of Chris Rogers, Glenn Maxwell and David Hussey in one over.

Rogers played on for 39, Maxwell was lbw to an inswinger for a duck and Hussey (29) was taken at slip, before White and Handscomb came together. The innings hadn't started well for Victoria either, as Chadd Sayers picked up the early wickets of Ryan Carters and Aaron Finch to leave the Bushrangers at 2 for 14 having been sent in.

Handscomb was put down at slip on 13 but fought on to reach 69 before he became another victim for Putland, who finished the day with 4 for 48 from 26 overs.