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

Handscomb's century sets up Victoria's victory push

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 224 and 4 for 126 (Head 35*, Fawad 2-10) need 282 to beat Victoria 9 for 325 dec and 5 for 306 dec (Handscomb 102, Maxwell 63, Zampa 2-54, Valente 2-90)

File photo - Peter Handscomb hit 17 fours during his 102 © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Victoria closed in on an outright victory over their nearest challenger South Australia on the penultimate night of the floodlit Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.

Victoria saw off four South Australia batsmen before stumps, two falling to Fawad Ahmed in a spell of 2 for 10 that was both threatening and economical. The hosts' captain Travis Head (35*) is left with an enormous task to pull his side out of the mire.

There had been plenty of purpose to Victoria's batting earlier in the day as they set up a declaration. Peter Handscomb glided to an attractive century while Glenn Maxwell contributed his second half century of the match, a nicely modulated 63 from 109 deliveries.

Matthew Wade and Dan Christian then accelerated, adding 70 in 13.3 overs before Victoria's captain decided he had a sufficient lead. Should the Bushrangers win, the prospect of a competition final played in Alice Springs will become a distinct possibility.

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  • Alistair on February 17, 2016, 5:11 GMT

    I'm pretty sure the average attendance for Shield games at the 'G is higher than at Alice Springs but I could be wrong

  • Craig on February 17, 2016, 3:43 GMT

    I see Travis head as the only player to stop the Vics from taking a victory. We have yet to see the full potential of this stylish leftie. Today could be the start of something special for him.

  • annoyed on February 17, 2016, 3:24 GMT

    @ROSTRONREDBACKS, yeah tell us the average attendance for SS match at the MCG?

  • Alistair on February 17, 2016, 1:18 GMT

    A great way to capitalize on all the interest generated for the domestic competition through the successful BBL - hold the Shield final in Alice Springs! 80,000 at the 'G for the Stars vs Renegades would have resulted in renewed interest and attendance at the final if Victoria were playing at the Melbourne "CRICKET" Ground.

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