Victoria collapse after Nevill hundred
Victoria 218 and 3 for 0 trail New South Wales 9 for 452 dec (Nevill 100*, Patterson 94, Henry 92, Hastings 3-57, McKay 3-65) by 234 runs
Peter Nevill's fourth first-class hundred put New South Wales on target for victory before they tightened their grip on the match with a remarkable new-ball effort that left Victoria at 3 for 0. Nevill, Scott Henry and Kurtis Patterson all caused problems for the Victoria bowlers in Sydney on the second day, which ended with two nightwatchmen - Scott Boland and James Muirhead - both at the crease for the Bushrangers.
Doug Bollinger got rid of opener Peter Handscomb in the first over of Victoria's second innings and that was followed in the fourth over by another red-ball failure from Aaron Finch, who was bowled by Trent Copeland for an eight-ball duck. Marcus Stoinis became the third specialist batsman to depart for a duck when he was caught off the bowling of Copeland in the fifth over, leaving Victoria 234 runs behind with only seven wickets in hand.
It could hardly have been a better day for the Blues, who declared at 9 for 452 after Nevill reached his hundred with seven fours and two sixes. Earlier, a 117-run fourth-wicket partnership between Patterson and Henry earned first-innings points for New South Wales, although both men fell just short of centuries.
Henry was bowled by Daniel Christian for 92 and Patterson was caught at slip off Clint McKay for 94, but Nevill had enough support from the lower order to extended his side's advantage significantly. Muirhead, the young legspinner who has been thrust into Australia's World Twenty20 squad but is still trying to prove himself in the longer format, leaked more than eight runs an over and took 0 for 61 from his seven overs.