Victoria v WA, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 3rd day November 1, 2013

WA face a daunting last-day chase

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 270 and 0 for 13 (Bancroft 3*, North 9*) trail Victoria 312 and 8 for 338 dec (Quiney 89, White 61, Hogan 3-71) by 367 runs

Rob Quiney led a strong batting performance from Victoria's top order to leave Western Australia with a difficult target to chase on the final day of the Sheffield Shield match at the MCG. Three out of the top four hit half-centuries as Victoria scored their runs quickly before declaring towards the end of the day. Western Australia openers survived the seven overs they faced before the close.

Quiney and Rogers added 71 for the first wicket to take the overall lead past 100, before a century stand for the second wicket between Quiney and Peter Handscomb thwarted the Western Australia bowling further for 40.4 overs. The dismissal of Quiney on 89, by Ashton Agar, was quickly followed by that of Handscomb, but another strong partnership between Cameron White and Matthew Wade shut the doors on Western Australia.

White hit three sixes in his 61 while Wade added 43, that took the total past 300. Western Australia did pick up five quick wickets towards the end of the day, but by then the lead had already swelled beyond 350. They are now faced with the task of facing Fawad Ahmed, who took six wickets in the first innings, on a last-day pitch.

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