Victoria v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Alice Springs, 2nd day March 16, 2016

Lyon puts NSW on top despite Stoinis ton

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Victoria 8 for 239 (Stoinis 107, Christian 53, Lyon 3-68) trail New South Wales 341 (Patterson 82, Lyon 75, Carters 69, Tremain 4-47, Holland 3-83) by 102 runs

Marcus Stoinis scored the third century of his first-class career © Getty Images

Marcus Stoinis made a fighting hundred but after two days in Alice Springs, Victoria had a mountain of work still ahead of them in their battle with New South Wales for a place in the Sheffield Shield final. At stumps, the Bushrangers were 8 for 239 in reply to the 341 scored by the Blues, with Chris Tremain at the crease on 6 and Jon Holland yet to score.

Victoria had been in early trouble at 2 for 4 but Stoinis, batting at first drop, steadied the innings in a series of partnerships that culminated in a 132-run stand with Daniel Christian. Stoinis scored his third first-class century and was eventually out for 107 - one of three wickets for Nathan Lyon - while Christian fell for 53.

It was a busy day for Lyon, who began the morning unbeaten on 7 with New South Wales on 8 for 262. He took an aggressive approach to his tail-end innings and struck five sixes and seven fours on his way to 75 from 46 deliveries - the first half-century of his first-class career.

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  • James on March 16, 2016, 14:08 GMT

    Saw the highlights of Lyon's 79off 46 deliveries. Was there an official who checked under the helmet to see if it wasn't really Ricky Ponting? I recall Gazza mimicking Ponting when coming in as night watchman a few seasons ago in a test. The crowd actually thought it was Ponting. Maybe they switched here!

  •   Jono Makim on March 16, 2016, 9:43 GMT

    Quite an amazing day for him @Chris_P! Would never have pictured him playing an innings like that, get him on the next flight to India! Judging from last night we'll need the extra spinner!

  • Peter on March 16, 2016, 9:33 GMT

    Great stuff Gazza! Copeland drying up one end allowing the other bowlers to strike.

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