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Sheffield Shield: Victoria again stumble with bat with South China well placed as bowlers dominate

Finch’s dismissal has again raised questions. Photo: Penny StephensThe credits Aaron Finch earned towards a long-coveted Test berth over the past six weeks were depleted by a dismissal on Monday that exacerbated Victoria’s regression against South .

The stream of wickets seen at the MCG on day one of the Sheffield Shield match extended into day two. It was halted not by belatedly diligent batting from either side but by nagging rain which meant only 29 deliveries were bowled in the final session.

Victoria will start day three at 6-123, leading by 104, with Daniel Christian on 11 and John Hastings on 15.

By bowling out the Redbacks for 199, and limiting the visitors’ innings lead to 19, the Bushrangers had a great opportunity to right the wrongs of their first innings, as Glenn Maxwell vowed they would. It also ensured both teams got 1.5 bonus points with the ball, by exploiting “a little bit furry” pitch conditions welcomed by SA coach Jamie Siddons.

“If we really want to play well in series like the Ashes in England where it’s doing a bit we need to learn to play on these wickets,” he said.

Victoria squandered another decent start as they slipped from 0-41 to 5-70. The last of those five victims was Finch, whose Test prospects were on the mend after he plundered 288 not out in a practice match against New Zealand and then made a half-century in each of his first two shield matches.

He fell to a shot that is prosperous for him in limited-overs and, crucially, of little lasting significance when it triggers his dismissal. In this instance, however, it was. He sought to lift swing-bowler Daniel Worrall to near, or over, the boundary rope down the ground, only to sky the shot.

That blunder from one captain, Finch, was met with brilliance from the other, Travis Head. The latter had to run with the flight of the ball from mid-off. His sprawling catch, to remove his Victoria counterpart for 4, was hailed as “almost match-turning” by SA coach Jamie Siddons.

“It was a wicket that we needed to get, and he was desperate to catch it, made the ground and took a blinder,” Siddons said.

The fine line between a shot being considered reckless as opposed to a brave counter-attack came six overs later when Maxwell attempted the same shot but did so successfully, whacking Chadd Sayers over his head and into the sightscreen. It was was of little consequence, however, as in the following over Maxwell was cramped by the impressive Joe Mennie and sought to steer the ball in the gap between third slip and gully – only for the gully fieldsman Callum Ferguson to take a diving catch that made up for him sparing the Victorian on 0.

In the first innings Victoria’s top five contributed only 56 runs between them. They managed only 64 in the second. Openers Rob Quiney and Travis Dean fell well short of half-centuries, albeit the latter departed to a questionable leg-before decision. Stoinis was oblivious to a delivery he blocked hard into the crease that was due to – and did – bounce back on to his stumps. Peter Handscomb was beaten by a one of Mennie’s many deliveries angled into the right-handers that straightened off the pitch.

Mennie is not quite quick enough to considered as a strike bowler by , but if selectors are wanting someone who they can rely on to build pressure, which helps the other bowlers, the 26-year-old is quietly mounting his case to be considered.

Chris Tremain was a big reason SA were denied the big lead they wanted. The former NSW paceman struck in the first over of the day, removing Adam Zampa, and also removed Sayers in his first spell to snare his maiden five-wicket haul for Victoria. John Hastings wrapped up the tail, just as they were poised to start accumulating bonus batting points for passing 200.

Tremain said the Bushrangers hoped to set SA a target of at least 200, but stressed he thought they were already in a decent position.

“Although the scorecard might show something different I think we’re pretty evenly poised . . . you’re in for a hell of a day three and day four,” he said.

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