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Sheffield Shield: Victoria suffer eight-wicket loss to South China

The overcast, bowler-friendly conditions that accompanied the majority of the MCG Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and South disappeared just before the latter began their successful run chase on what became the final day. But given how disciplined the Redbacks were with the ball for the entire match, the bright sun that made batting so much easier was more deserved than fortuitous.

“We just didn’t put the pressure on the batters like the opposition did to us,” lamented Victoria coach David Saker, after the eight-wicket defeat that cut their lead atop the shield table, from SA, to 0.7 points at the halfway mark of the season.

The Bushrangers began day three with a lead of 104 and four wickets in hand. They only managed to extend SA’s victory target to 145 – and for that they were indebted to bowling all-rounder John Hastings, their only player to reach 30 in each innings.

“We always thought, because the ball was still moving around, that if we could get to a 200 lead we’d be really competitive. And even with the score we did have, I thought it would still be a competitive total to chase,” Saker said. “But they batted very well and we bowled not particularly well. Hats off to them.”

The only two SA wickets to fall were due to their own errors. Mark Cosgrove was caught behind for 19 attempting to hook a bouncer from Chris Tremain, while Tom Cooper looked dominant before slicing a catch to gully just after reaching his half-century.

Veteran Callum Ferguson (43 not out) and captain Travis Head (24 not out) shared a 65-run partnership to seal victory that, if one accounts for virtually no play in the final session on Monday, was achieved an hour into the notional second half of the match.

“The sun coming out is always handy I suppose,” said SA’s Joe Mennie, who took seven wickets in a stand-out performance that pushed him above Tasmania’s Jackson Bird as the competition’s leading wicket-taker. “If it was overcast it probably would have nipped around a little bit more. But the whole game we did a good job. The batters batted really well and obviously the bowlers as a group got the job done, so it was quite pleasing.”

The win was the Redbacks’ third in a row at the MCG, a remarkable change given they had won only once at the venue in the 23 years before a drought-ending win three years ago. It also ensures they will regain the David Hookes Trophy.

Saker said his bowlers had not been as disciplined in this match as they had been in their preceding four matches, and had been shown up by SA’s attack of Mennie, Daniel Worrall and Chadd Sayers. Beyond the day, however, he said he was pleased to be going to the Big Bash League break with his team on top of the shield table.

When the Bushrangers resume in February they will be without Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and probably captain Matthew Wade, who are all likely to be limited-overs duty. Besides veteran Cameron White, who is yet to play this season, Saker cited Matt Short, Seb Gotch and rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Harper as leading candidates for inclusion.

The coach praised stand-in wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb, who was chosen ahead of back-up wicketkeeper Aaron Ayre despite a lack of practice due to Wade’s presence.

“He kept really well for a guy that hasn’t kept in a match, especially this season,” Saker said of Handscomb, who was called to ‘s one-day squad in England a few months ago. “He is just a natural catcher of the ball. If you watch him in the field when he fields for us [he demonstrates that].”

Victoria (1st Innings) R QUINEY c Ross b Mennie 19 T DEAN lbw b Mennie 13 M STOINIS c Cooper b Sayers 8 P HANDSCOMB b Worrall 16 A FINCH lbw b Mennie 0 G MAXWELL b Worrall 62 D CHRISTIAN c Head b Worrall 10 J HASTINGS c Ferguson b Sayers 38 C TREMAIN b Worrall 0 S BOLAND c Ludeman b Worrall 4 F AHMED not out 3Sundries (3lb, 1w, 3nb) 7Total 180Fall of wickets: 32 (Quiney), 39 (Dean), 43 (Stoinis), 50 (Finch), 66 (Handscomb), 105 (Christian), 137 (Maxwell), 143 (Tremain), 147 (Boland), 180 (Hastings)Bowling: C Sayers 13-2-59-2 (1w 1nb), D Worrall 17-1-69-5 (1nb), J Mennie 15-3-46-3 (1nb), A Zampa 1-0-3-0

South (1st Innings) T COOPER c Handscomb b Tremain 18 M COSGROVE c Handscomb b Tremain 50 C FERGUSON b Tremain 0 T HEAD c Maxwell b Hastings 20 J LEHMANN c Handscomb b Hastings 6 A ROSS lbw b Ahmed 24 T LUDEMAN c Stoinis b Boland 20 A ZAMPA c Finch b Tremain 11 J MENNIE not out 24 C SAYERS c Christian b Tremain 10 D WORRALL c Handscomb b Hastings 5Sundries (1b, 4lb, 6w) 11Total 199Fall of wickets: 65 (Cooper), 65 (Ferguson), 76 (Cosgrove), 101 (Lehmann), 110 (Head), 136 (Ross), 156 (Zampa), 164 (Ludeman), 181 (Sayers), 199 (Worrall)Bowling: J Hastings 10-1-28-3, C Tremain 17-8-52-5 (2w), S Boland 19-7-43-1, M Stoinis 3-0-25-0, G Maxwell 2-0-6-0, F Ahmed 7-0-40-1

Victoria (2nd Innings) T DEAN lbw b Worrall 33 R QUINEY c Ludeman b Sayers 16 M STOINIS b Worrall 11 P HANDSCOMB c Ludeman b Mennie 0 A FINCH c Head b Worrall 4 G MAXWELL c Ferguson b Mennie 26 D CHRISTIAN lbw b Mennie 11 J HASTINGS c Ludeman b Sayers 31 C TREMAIN c Ludeman b Mennie 4 S BOLAND not out 13 F AHMED c Ludeman b Sayers 6Sundries (1lb, 7nb) 8Total 163Fall of wickets: 41 (Quiney), 54 (Dean), 63 (Handscomb), 64 (Stoinis), 70 (Finch), 99 (Maxwell), 123 (Christian), 140 (Tremain), 144 (Hastings), 163 (Ahmed)Bowling: C Sayers 20-4-61-3, D Worrall 21-4-44-3 (6nb), J Mennie 20-5-55-4, A Zampa 1-0-2-0 (1nb)

South (2nd Innings) T COOPER c Quiney b Hastings 54 M COSGROVE c Handscomb b Tremain 19 C FERGUSON not out 43 T HEAD not out 24Sundries (4lb, 1nb) 5Total (2 wkts) 145Fall of wickets: 46 (Cosgrove), 90 (Cooper)Bowling: J Hastings 6-0-31-1 (1nb), C Tremain 10-2-49-1, S Boland 7-1-28-0, F Ahmed 2.3-0-21-0, D Christian 1-0-12-0Result: South won by 8 wicketsMan of the Match: Joe MenniePoints: SA 7.50 Vic 1.50.

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