Victoria v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne March 7, 2013

Blues lead on 16-wicket day

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 6 for 201 (Maddinson 76, McKay 3-51) lead Victoria 128 (McKay 41, Sandhu 5-31, Hazlewood 3-39) by 2 runs

Victoria risked losing their place atop the Sheffield Shield table with a horrid batting display that allowed New South Wales to forge ahead after day one at the MCG.

The Bushrangers slipped as low as 9 for 79 before Clint McKay and Fawad Ahmed pushed the innings up to a still paltry 128. The young pacemen Gurinder Sandhu and Josh Hazlewood enjoyed themselves against the Bushrangers' shaky batting, sharing eight wickets between them.

Regular wickets also fell when the Blues batted, but Nic Maddinson put space between the teams with a fluent innings that featured one moment of rare quality - a cover driven six from the bowling of McKay, who nonetheless produced the most naggingly accurate display for the hosts.

Maddin's innings was ended only by Ahmed, again compelling in a seven-over spell that was both tidy and wicket-seeking.