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Rain denies Victoria chance of third Shield victory

A wet day in Melbourne Getty Images

South Australia 244 and 230 (McInerney 63, Sayers 56, Pattinson 3-24 drew with Victoria 351 (Handscomb 123, Dean 75, Harris 65, Mennie 4-92) and 2 for 22

Torrential rain in Melbourne has ruined hopes of an entertaining finish between the Victoria and South Australia at the MCG.

Close to 20 millimeters of rain fell in Melbourne on the fourth morning prior to the start of play which left a large chunk of the MCG outfield under water.

The ground staff did an outstanding job in the middle of the day to dry the outfield and prepare the ground for a start at 4pm with Victoria needing just 102 runs from a potential 40 overs with eight wickets in hand for a third-straight victory to start the season.

But another downpour just before the restart soaked the outfield again forcing the match to be called off.