Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, MCG, 2nd day November 23, 2011

Tasmania on top after 15 wickets fall

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 217 and 8 for 214 (Faulkner 69, Herrick 4-68) lead Victoria 94 (Quiney 33, Bird 5-35) by 337 runs

Fifteen wickets tumbled on the second day at the MCG, to better the 13 on the first, and at the end of it all Tasmania were in a commanding position, leading Victoria by 337 runs with two second-innings wickets intact. Their advantage was built by a strong bowling performance led by Jackson Bird, who took 5 for 35, as Victoria were routed for 94 in their first innings, conceding a lead of 123.

Victoria began the day on 3 for 18, with Bird having taken three wickets in four balls on the first evening. He went on to scalp two more - both David Hussey and Cameron White were caught behind - to reduce the hosts to 5 for 55. Xavier Doherty then dismissed Rob Quiney, whose 33 was Victoria's only double-figure score until then, without another run being added to the total.

Andrew McDonald contributed 26 but the tail didn't fight, and Victoria were dismissed before lunch for their lowest Sheffield Shield total since the 91 against New South Wales in 2004-05.

Tasmania's attempt to build on their lead did not have a happy beginning, though, and they were 46 for 4 after Evan Gulbis was dismissed for his fourth consecutive duck. James Faulkner, however, resisted with a half-century and he put on 65 for the sixth wicket with Mark Cosgrove, who made 36 off 34 balls and helped wrest the momentum. Both of them were dismissed in quick time but wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt scored 46 off 40 balls to lead Tasmania to 8 for 214.

Jayde Herrick took 4 for 68 for Victoria, boosting his season tally to 26 to overtake Ben Cutting (23) as the season's top wicket-taker.