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O'Keefe eight-for, Harris ton highlight low-scoring day

New South Wales 4 for 65 (Hughes 30, Patterson 22*, Fawad Ahmed 1-7) trail Victoria 199 (Harris 109, Gotch 28, O'Keefe 8-77) by 134 runs

New South Wales left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe took career-best figures of 8 for 77 while Victoria opener Marcus Harris produced a stunning century on a dramatic opening day of the Sheffield Shield match at the revamped Junction Oval in Melbourne.

Harris' innings of 109 out of the Bushrangers total of 199 stood as a beacon among the wreck that was caused by O'Keefe's wily fingerspin.

The former Australia Test spinner took the first five scalps as Harris watched at the non-strikers' end. Harris was remarkably the sixth wicket to fall, having scored 109 out of 161, including 14 fours and two sixes, in 161 balls.

Cameron White and Seb Goth were the only other Bushrangers batsmen to reach double figures but neither reached 30. O'Keefe bowled unchanged to finish with 8 for 77 from 32.5 overs.

The Blues struggled in reply, losing 4 for 65 before stumps. Two wickets fell to pace and two to spin to leave the contest evenly poised.

NSW 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st83NCR LarkinDP Hughes
2nd6EJM CowanDP Hughes
3rd68KR PattersonDP Hughes
4th23MC HenriquesKR Patterson
5th19MC HenriquesP Uppal
6th42PM NevillMC Henriques
7th33SNJ O'KeefePM Nevill
8th6PM NevillTA Copeland
9th4PM NevillSA Abbott
10th1PM NevillHNA Conway