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Gotch propels Victoria to hefty score despite Agar four-for

Western Australia 243 and 0 for 86 (Wells 46*, Bosisto 38*) trail Victoria 450 (Gotch 98, Maxwell 96, White 82, Agar 4-119, Short 3-78) by 121 runs Scorecard

Wicketkeeper Seb Gotch fell two short of his maiden first-class century as Victoria piled on 450 on the third day against Western Australia at the MCG. In reply, Western Australia were 0 for 86 in their second innings at stumps, with Jonathan Wells on 46 and William Bosisto on 38, but their side still trailed by 121 runs after Victoria compiled their hefty total.

Victoria had started the day on 4 for 247 and soon lost Daniel Christian, who was caught off the bowling of Ashton Agar for 34. Cameron White was lbw to D'Arcy Short for 82 before Agar and Short claimed the wickets of Chris Tremain and Jon Holland respectively to leave Victoria at 8 for 331.

However, a fighting ninth-wicket stand worth 98 was built by Gotch and Scott Boland to frustrate Western Australia. Gotch was on 98 when he was caught off a leading edge from the bowling of Agar, who finished with 4 for 119 in his first Sheffield Shield game of the season. Agar was making his return after suffering a fractured finger during Australia's ODI tour of India in September.