Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Patterson, Cowan claim draw for NSW

New South Wales 243 (O'Keefe 50*, Holland 5-67) and 8 for 256 (Patterson 61, Abbott 47) drew with Victoria 9 for 562 dec (Maxwell 278, Finch 76, O'Keefe 3-128) and 3 for 148 dec (Harris 62*, Copeland 2-52)

A charge from Ed Cowan at No. 9 and a middle-order resistance from Kurtis Patterson and Sean Abbott thwarted Victoria's bid for their first win of the season, as New South Wales batted over 100 overs to cling to a draw in Sydney.

Resuming from 2 for 46 on the last day after being set a 468-run target, NSW lost Maddinson to seamer Scott Boland. Abbott (47 off 171 balls) then went on to stitch a 74-run partnership with Patterson, who battled on at the other end. Patterson had found most of his runs through fours- 60 of his 61 runs came from boundaries. Chris Tremain broke the partnership with the wicket of Abbott, and Victoria made more inroads, quickly reducing NSW from 3 for 161 to 181 for 7, including the wicket of Patterson.

With Victoria only three wickets away, Cowan and Steve O'Keefe grinded it out and played for time, with a 34-run partnership that lasted a little over 13.2 overs. Once O'Keefe was dismissed, Trent Copeland stuck it out with Cowan (40 off 99 balls) to avert a loss for NSW.

"The plan was to park at one end, and with the tail it was to draw and take some singles to break up their [opposition's] rhythm so that they can't tactically do the same thing to us, and that seemed to work," Cowan said about batting down the order on the day. "It was a flat wicket, but it wasn't absolutely diabolical, so we prepared to stead better, and got through."

NSW 4th innings Partnerships

1st31NJ MaddinsonDP Hughes
2nd15NJ MaddinsonNCR Larkin
3rd41NJ MaddinsonSA Abbott
4th74SA AbbottKR Patterson
5th0MC HenriquesKR Patterson
6th20PM NevillKR Patterson
7th0SNJ O'KeefeKR Patterson
8th34EJM CowanSNJ O'Keefe
9th41EJM CowanTA Copeland