Third consecutive Shield title for Victoria

Thursday March 30, 2017

Victoria have secured a record third consecutive Sheffield Shield title, despite drawing the match with South Australia towards the end of Day Five at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

This record winning streak was last achieved by Queensland in 2002 and is the first time for Victoria’s 125 year history.

Victoria elected to continue batting into the fifth day, setting South Australia a chase of 524 runs.

A defiant 137* off 172 balls from South Australia captain Travis Head held South Australia together to deny the Victorian the win.

Player of the final, Jon Holland claimed bowling figures of 8-152, where he completed his damage in Victoria’s first fielding innings, taking 7-82.

Victorian captain Cameron White and batsman Rob Quiney have now been successful in five Sheffield Shields Finals.

Earlier today, Victoria were bowled out for 323 in their second innings, leaving South Australia to chase 525 runs.

South Australia’s second innings did not go to plan with Jake Weatherald out in the first over for two, from a James Pattinson ball.

Callum Ferguson then fell a couple of overs later for two, leaving Pattinson with 2-4.

The Victorians added a modest 45 in the first hour this morning and were eventually bowled out, with Dan Christian falling for 58 and wicketkeeper Seb Gotch for 48.

Paceman Joe Mennie took two wickets (2-41), while Head also took two (2-31).

News Source: Cricket Australia