Victoria v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 3rd day November 2, 2014

Victoria surge on three hundreds

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 366 and 2 for 106 (Carters 58) trail Victoria 5 for 507 dec (Hussey 129, Handscomb 108*, Christian 105*, Wade 59) by 35 runs

New South Wales lost Ryan Carters in the closing minutes of play to find themselves in a precarious position against Victoria entering the final day of the Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.

Carters was well set on 58 but fended a bouncer from Marcus Stoinis to gully to leave the Blues two wickets down and still needing 35 runs to make the Bushrangers bat again.

The majority of the day was dominated by Peter Handscomb and Dan Christian, who put together a free-spirited, sixth-wicket partnership of 206 to stretch Victoria's lead over an inexperienced Blues XI.

They took particularly heavy toll on the untested spin duo of Patrick Jackson and Will Somerville, who returned combined figures of 0 for 195 from 38 overs. The Bushrangers' legspinner Fawad Ahmed will hope for better on day four.