New South Wales v Victoria, Pura Cup, Lismore, 1st day January 16, 2006

Arnberger and Jewell sparkle as Victoria dominate

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Victoria 2 for 312 (Jewell 138*, Arnberger 137*) v New South Wales

New South Wales were made to pay for sloppy catching as Jason Arnberger and Nick Jewell registered centuries to give Victoria the advantage on the first day of the top-of-the-table clash at Lismore's Oakes Oval. The second-placed Bushrangers eased to 2 for 312 thanks to a 277-run partnership between Arnberger (137 not out) and Jewell, who collected his maiden first-class century with an unbeaten 138.

Both batsmen gained reprieves - Jewell was dropped on 7 by Craig Simmons while Arnberger was missed on 85 by Matthew Phelps, 107 by Aaron Bird and 133 by Dominic Thornely - and they made their opponents suffer after combining at 2 for 35 following the loss of Michael Klinger for 10 and Brad Hodge, the Test batsman who miscued a hook shot on zero. Arnberger collected 17 fours and two sixes while Jewell also accepted regular scoring opportunities during his 265-ball stay.

Cricket New South Wales has taken its team to the country, but the journey has not gone to plan with the missed chances in front of 1823 spectators in the north of the state today, and the two-wicket ING Cup loss to Victoria at Coffs Harbour on Saturday. However, Brad Haddin was called up to replace Adam Gilchrist for two VB Series matches and he will be covered by Daniel Smith, who will play his second Pura Cup game.