Victoria 106 & 7 for 159 (Short 50, Conway 3-29) lead New South Wales 135 (Hughes 45, Holland 5-31, Siddle 3-35) by 130 runs
Harry Conway continued to enjoy the game of his life but Victoria were inching their way to a defendable fourth-innings lead against New South Wales after two dramatic days of the top of the table Sheffield Shield match at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.
NSW had begun the day by eking out another 38 priceless runs for the final three wickets, as the captain Peter Nevill found more than useful help from Conway to forge a first-innings advantage. The Victorian response was quickly unsettled by Conway, who got an outswinger to lift off a length at Travis Dean and reap a catch in the slips, maintaining the visiting captain's difficult season.
Marcus Harris and Will Pucovski steadied things for a time, but in the minutes before lunch both were deceived and dismissed: Pucovski pinned lbw on the front foot by Steve O'Keefe, then Harris tucked up by a Greg West bouncer and gloving into the cordon from the very last ball of the morning.
In the afternoon, Conway bent a near yorker around the groping bat of Cameron White to pin the former Victorian captain lbw for a golden duck, and Nic Maddinson hinted at a major score before glancing West into Nevill's gloves for 33.
Conway's third strike arrived when Matthew Short was turned around by another away swinger and well held by Nick Larkin in the slips, and Seb Gotch's unsuccessful attempt to hammer Jason Sangha's legbreak beyond the boundary left Victoria with only three wickets remaining. Nevertheless, their lead by the close was worth 130, with James Pattinson and Peter Siddle intent on adding more.