NSW v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 3rd day February 14, 2014

Worst ever Shield start costs Victoria match

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 9 for 452 dec beat Victoria 218 and 186 (Maxwell 127, Copeland 3-24) by an innings and 48 runs

Victoria crashed to 6 for 9 in the worst ever opening to a Sheffield Shield innings before a Glenn Maxwell century helped them recover, but it was not enough to prevent New South Wales cruising to an innings win in Sydney. The Bushrangers began the day at 3 for 0 and then collapsed to 6 for 9, the lowest total at six-down in Shield history - the previous record was 6 for 11 set by Queensland in 1957-58.

Maxwell and Cameron White managed to squeeze past the all-time lowest Shield total of 27, set by South Australia in 1955-56, but when White was run out Victoria were 7 for 32, struggling in overcast conditions on a green pitch. Then came a partnership that was remarkable under the circumstances, a 92-ball eighth-wicket stand between Maxwell and Daniel Christian, which ended when Christian was lbw to Steve O'Keefe for 30.

They were the only two men to reach double figures in the innings and all the more exceptional was that Maxwell went on to score an 89-ball hundred and finished with 127 of Victoria's total of 186, to add to his 94 from the first innings. Trent Copeland picked up 3 for 24 for New South Wales, who wrapped up victory by an innings and 48 runs and jumped to the top of the Shield table.

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  • subhasish on February 15, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    i think nevile should replace haddin in the test after haddin quite tests .he is a very gud player his avg in shild cricket over 40 as a wk .i think aus should take him as a 2nd wk for their future tours .

  • James on February 15, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    @DylanBrah: Exactly. We overhype spinners too much since Warne retired. Remember, even Warne debuted when he was 23/24 years of age, yet some people were calling for Muirhead at 20!? Is he better than Warne? I think not.

    It's going to be Nathan Lyon for about 10 years, he's doing a good job.

  • Andrew on February 15, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    Probably the most amazing scorecard I have ever seen! Happy for maxwell, Copeland continues on his merry way, & youngsters Abbot & Patterson had good games. Also - (IMO), Neville should be seriously considered as a Test option. Not withstanding the fine batting in SA at the moment, his stats stack up very favourably to most of the contenders! (Batting alone).

  • Dylan on February 14, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Muirhead 0-61 off 7 overs... ouch.

  • James on February 14, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    What a performance by the big show. Could have got 2 hundreds in 1 game.

  • Richard on February 14, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    And that is why NSW dominate test selections.

  • Peter on February 14, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Not sure what has happened to Victoria. They are better than this, I really wanted to get down to the 4th day to watch some first class cricket. Ah well, go the Blues!

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