England Lions tour of Australia, 2012-13 February 7, 2013

Quiney ton downs England Lions

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 227 for 2 (Quiney 122, Handscomb 67*) beat England Lions 225 for 8 (Balance 86, Boland 3-36)

A dominating hundred from Rob Quiney steered Victoria to an eight-wicket win against England Lions in the first tour match in Melbourne. Chasing 226, Victoria cruised to victory with nearly 14 overs to spare, helped by 16 fours and three sixes from Quiney.

Victoria were given a strong start by the openers, Quiney and Chris Rogers, who put together 96 off 68 balls before Rogers fell for 23. Peter Handscomb joined Quiney and the two forged a 125-run partnership in 24.2 overs, almost taking their side to victory. Quiney was the harshest on the bowlers, making 122 off 104 and taking the match away from the tourists. He was dismissed with Victoria just five short of the win but Handscomb's half-century had also done the damage. Craig Overton, who took 2 for 30, was the only Lions bowlers to go at less than six runs an over.

After being put in to bat, the Lions were given a steady start by their openers Varun Chopra and James Vince (43). But Scott Boland struck twice in the 16th over, removing Chopra and James Taylor with the score on 68, and dismissed Ben Foakes for another duck two overs later. Fawad Ahmed joined in and took two wickets, leaving them at 74 for 5.

Gary Ballance and Rikki Clarke salvaged the innings from there with a 70-run stand before Clarke was caught behind off the part-time bowling of David Hussey for a patient 25. A flurry of fours and sixes towards the end from Ballance helped the Lions add 33 runs off the last three overs to reach 225 but that target proved some way short in the face of Quiney's aggression.