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Fighting Faulkner can't deny Vics

Roar Guru
16th November, 2013
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A fighting knock from Ashes squad member James Faulkner wasn’t enough to deny Victoria their first Sheffield Shield outright victory of the season at Bellerive.

Tasmanian Faulkner dug in to make 53 from 88 balls, the one bright spot for Australia to emerge out of the clash after George Bailey and Chris Rogers failed to get much batting practice.

The 23-year-old put on 68 with Tim Paine (30) for the sixth wicket to revive hopes of a draw after the pair came together at 5-116, with their side chasing an unlikely 337.

The Vics weren’t to be denied after dominating the match and removed Paine at 6-184 before Faulkner was run out at 7-191.

They finished off the home side for 207 to win by a comprehensive 129 with 47 balls remaining late on day four.

But in their final tune-up for the series against England beginning at the Gabba next week, Bailey and Rogers fell short.

The Australian Twenty20 captain, set for his Test debut in Brisbane, was out for a second innings 16 after making 37 in the first.

Opener Rogers made three and 11 after entering the match in superb touch.

Faulkner, though, gave Australia some food for thought, even if his match figures on a restricted bowling load of 25 overs were a modest 2-66.

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Victorian allrounder Dan Christian removed three of the Tigers’ top four lbw to finish with figures of 3-60, while Clint McKay bagged 2-35.

Victoria had declared their second innings at 6-203 shortly after lunch, Rob Quiney top-scoring with 86, his fourth half-century in three matches.

They made 383 in their first innings, Matthew Wade making a ton, before Tasmania replied with 250.