Dean fifty buoys Victoria after Pucovski head injury

Victoria199 and 5 for 156 (Dean 64*, Maxwell 33, Copeland 4-26) lead New South Wales 171 (Patterson 43, Hughes 30, Fawad Ahmed 3-32) by 184 runs

Victoria has progressed to a strong position against New South Wales at stumps on day two despite young batsman Will Pucovski being subbed out of the game after a sickening blow to the head.

Pucovski had to retire hurt after he was struck on the helmet attempting to duck a short ball from Blues quick bowler Sean Abbott in an incident that left players on both sides distressed.

After a short delay the game continued without incident and Pucovski was in good spirits post-play despite being replaced by Victoria's 12th man Dan Christian under Cricket Australia's concussion substitute rule.

Travis Dean played a steady hand on a day of uncertainty. He moved to 64 not out by stumps and guided the Bushrangers to a lead of 184 with five wickets in hand after Trent Copeland had taken four wickets to keep the Blues in the game.

Earlier, they had conceded a 28-run first innings lead after the Blues batsmen failed to capitalize on a number of starts against the Bushrangers well-balanced attack.

NSW 4th innings Partnerships

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