Victoria v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne March 8, 2013

Victoria lead with White, Hussey fifties

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 128 and 4 for 224 (White 68*, D Hussey 59*) lead New South Wales 268 (Maddinson 76, Copeland 51, White 3-4, McKay 3-72) by 84 runs

Victoria strode back into contention against an injury-affected New South Wales on day two of the Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.

Entering the match on top of the table, the Bushrangers had been well behind after day one, but a rare spell of legspin by their captain Cameron White brought a swift end to the Blues' innings before they had advanced to an unreachable advantage.

NSW were immediately stricken at the start of the second innings when Doug Bollinger broke down with a hamstring strain in his second over, and after the first four wickets fell, White and David Hussey steadied the innings significantly with a dynamic stand.

Hussey's unbeaten 59 was his first Shield half-century of the season.