Victoria v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 4th day February 21, 2011

Victoria play out a draw

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New South Wales 416 (Jaques 129, Siddle 6/89) & 5 for 296 decl (Jaques 125, Maxwell 2/52) drew with Victoria 263 (Quiney 66, Copeland 4/76) & 4 for 252 (Wade 77*, Copeland 2/40)

Victoria batted out the day to ensure a draw against current table-toppers New South Wales, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. New South Wales declared on their overnight score of 5 for 296, leaving Victoria with a highly improbabe victory target of 450. The hosts were 4 for 252 when play was called off with seven overs remaining.

Victoria were in ultra defensive mode for first two sessions, going into tea with the scoreboard reading 4 for 115 at a run rate of 1.82. The strategy worked reasonably well, seemingly tiring out a weakened attack - New South Wales were without captain Stuart Clark in the second innings, due to a heel injury.

In the post-tea session New South Wales changed gears and attacked the spinners, with Matthew Wade and Robert Quiney stringing together an unbeaten 143-run partnership in 30.1 overs. His knock of 67 not out puts Quiney at the top of the tournament's run-scorers table. NSW take two points from the match.

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  • Andrew on February 22, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    @Wozza-CY - seemed to be a good game. Really pleased to see Casson back - but no O'Keefe, who if he wasn't injured I think would of been in India. Copeland I beleive has had the most successful start to a Domestic season by a pace bowler since WWII! Funny that his economy rates at the moment do not translate to limited overs.

  • Warrick on February 21, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    Really impressed with Copelands' economy rate & stamina. He has bowled a lot of over this year for NSW & most of the time has a great economy rate. He could be that metronomical type of bowler the Aussie attack needs or the, dare I say it 'McGrath type of bowler'. He seems tough as well. He & P.George could compete for that type of roll. I think this is the type of role CA were hoping Hilf would do, but he appears unable to do it at test level. Good to see Warner getting some runs as he has designs on becoming a test player. Alos good to see this type of scoreline where batsmen seem hungry for runs.

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