Victoria 367 and 5 for 201 (White 40*, Richardson 3-36) beat South Australia 405 and 162 by 5 wickets
Cameron White continued his outstanding start to the season by steering Victoria to a five-wicket win over South Australia on the fourth day at the MCG. The Bushrangers were set 201 for victory and at 4 for 109, the match still could have gone either way. But White, captaining the side in the absence of Matthew Wade, scored an unbeaten 40 to keep the Redbacks at bay.
Victoria began the morning on 0 for 36 and soon lost opener Travis Dean in unusual fashion when on 20 he tried to evade a Kane Richardson that didn't bounce as much as he expected, and the ball bounce off his arm and onto the stumps. Axed Test seamer Joe Mennie picked up two wickets when Marcus Harris was caught behind for 34 and Marcus Stoinis was trapped lbw for 11.
Glenn Maxwell, batting at No.4, moved to a watchful 29 before he flashed at a Richardson delivery outside off stump and played on, and when Aaron Finch (33) fell to a fine diving catch by wicketkeeper Alex Carey off Richardson, the Victorians were 5 for 152. It meant 49 runs were still required with only five wickets in hand.
However, wicketkeeper Sam Harper (26 not out) accompanied White through to the finish to complete a fine win for Victoria, who had conceded a first-innings lead. White finished the match averaging over 100 in this Shield season so far, having already topped the competition run tally in the Matador Cup.