NSW v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 2nd day February 13, 2014

Victoria collapse after Nevill hundred

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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.

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  • Philip on February 14, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    T20 - how far do we go before we accept that it is not all that compatible with success in the Sheffield Shield? Yes, Maxwell is a T20 tyro, but I would point to the team result for the season thus far (stone last on the table) and not an individual effort. @ Mitty2 - I've never been a believer in Handscomb as a keeper/batsman - I reckon he'd 've been far better off groomed solely as a batsman rather than filling in during Wade's absence, a time when his batting somewhat stagnated. @ emu1 - Yes, Victoria are not the full Bob without Quiney! He must be injured, surely? And 6 batsmen, a keeper and 4 bowlers? Which century is that from? This is the T20 century! All we need to do is blood more all-rounders. (Yes, again, I agree with you and ditto about Finch too - the whole team looks unbalanced and cobbled together). Finally, getting back to the T20 theme - Muirhead will probably not benefit from more exposure to this format - well, if so, only financially, and not as a FC cricketer.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Better luck to Maxwell next season. I think this NSW vs Maxwell could become a permanent fixture. Honestly, you'd have to be asking yourself, as a Victorian, 'What the heck?'... If Maxwell had tanked and had Victoria not had sundries as their second top scorer for the game, this could have been much more embarrassing.

  • Hamish on February 14, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    @emu1, Handscomb and Wade are not only both good enough to be in the top 6, but there;s no replacements for them. Agree the bowling's always been light but now that the batting's failing... Struggletown. Agree on Herrick, disagree on Hastings - a good FC bowler with height, bounce and accuracy and he can bat a bit - not an all rounder. Agree on Christian - a nothing player.

    As I write we're 7/70 - coming off 6/9... Well done Glenn Maxwell and extras the two top scorers!

  • Tim on February 13, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    The scoreboard says it all. The Victorian selectors need to take some responsibility for the inept batting performance by the Bushrangers this season. The best performed batsman in this team is Cameron White, who has FC average of 40. Aaron Finch is simply not good enough to play four day cricket. Handscombe and Wade are both keeper-batsmen; neither should be in the top 6. Stoinis looks like a dud recruit who couldn't get a game anywhere else. Where are David Hussey and Rob Quiney?

    The bowling isn't much better. Jayde Herrick would be a better option than Boland. Dan Christian and Jon Hastings are both bowling all rounders and should not be in the same team because it weakens both disciplines. Jon Holland or Fawad Ahmed both deserve a place ahead of James Muirhead.

    The selectors should pick six batsmen, four bowlers and a keeper, and then bat them in the right order! It has to be a better option than the current strategy. This team couldn't beat an egg.

  • Rod on February 13, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    I saw that score on top of the Test banner, and thought Victoria were zero wickets for three runs - fooled by the "English" way of writing scores - this is looking very bad for us!

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