South Australia v Victoria, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Adelaide February 14, 2016

Brisk Maxwell propels Victoria into ascendancy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 9 for 325 dec. (Maxwell 79, Dean 60, Mennie 3-73) lead South Australia 2 for 42 (Mennie 2*, Raphael 1*, Boland 2-5) by 283 runs

File photo - Glenn Maxwell struck eight fours and a six in his 79 © Getty Images

A return to form by Glenn Maxwell powered Victoria to 9 for 325 before Matthew Wade's declaration allowed the visitors to see off South Australia's openers in the top-of-the-table Sheffield Shield match under lights at Adelaide Oval.

The Bushrangers top three of Rob Quiney, Travis Dean and Marcus Stoinis made a trio of starts, but it was Maxwell's speedy 79 from 78 balls that allowed the innings to climb above mediocrity.

Maxwell had played wretchedly in the ODI segment of the Australian tour to New Zealand, and will be relieved to have returned to run making despite falling short of a century when he was bowled by Joe Mennie.

Wade, Clint McKay and Chris Tremain also made useful runs down the order, before the declaration left the Redbacks with 12 overs to face before stumps.

Mark Cosgrove began in energetic fashion against Tremain and McKay, before the introduction of another New Zealand tourist in Scott Boland brought a major shudder to the SA innings.

Boland found a way past Tom Cooper and then Cosgrove in his two overs before the end of the night, walking off with the figures of 2 for 5 and leaving Victoria reasonably placed to pressure SA on day two.

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  • Peter on February 15, 2016, 9:05 GMT

    @MINUSZERO Actually, it means quite a lot. A totally different format & time in the middle means everything when playing real cricket. if you ever watch Maxwell in a FC fixture he shows surprisingly decent technique & a fair bit of patience, not too many of his T20 shots are on display. I was actually very impressed by what I saw.

  • faysal rabby on February 15, 2016, 9:00 GMT

    he is an ex-factor. so it is a good news he make some run. he is well known about indian pitch. he is a big threat for any team.

  • Harvey on February 15, 2016, 3:21 GMT

    One single innings does not equal back in form.

  •   Jono Makim on February 14, 2016, 18:16 GMT

    @Uncapped, it really would be but there is not much sign of it coming, I reckon he has all the talent needed to become an international batsman after seeing his efforts for the Dutch at the last T20 WC, he doesn't seem to be able to find any consistency at all on the Aussie domestic circuit though and If he doesn't get it together soon than SA are going to have a headache with their batting as the likes of Lehmann and Ross are coming through really nicely, not sure who misses out when Fergie is back on deck, particularly with Head's struggles at shield level. They've got some tough questions to answer in Adelaide.

    For the Vics, good to see Dean make a score today, hope he can see the season out on a strong note.

  • Matt on February 14, 2016, 12:18 GMT

    Wouldn't it be nice if Tom Cooper produced the results his talent suggests he should.

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