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Sheffield Shield final Day 2: Victoria vs NSW live updates, blog

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28th March, 2019
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Victoria vs New South Wales

2018-19 Sheffield Shield final

Venue: Junction Oval, Victoria
Toss: Victoria elected to bat first
Match status: Victoria second innings, Day 2

First innings

Victoria New South Wales
10 Wickets 10
289 Runs 121
100.5 Overs 39

Second innings

Victoria New South Wales
7 Wickets
207 Runs
84 Overs

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The Sheffield Shield final is on a knifes edge, and Day 2 could prove pivotal in the final outcome of the match as Victoria and New South Wales resume their battle at the Junction Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and updates from 10:30am (AEDT).

The home side will resume at 6 for 266 on Day 2, with a pitch that is good for batting, but not quite perfect, with the odd ball doing enough to create more than a little bit of confusion.

Marcus Harris was the star of the show on the first day’s play, scoring 141 for the Victorians, whose innings ebbed and flowed.

Harris was touted as the key to the entire match coming in, and that proved to be the case yesterday, with the Aussie Test opener holding things together as wickets fell around him, before eventually falling an hour before the close of play.

He moved up and down through the gears wonderfully, and was patient enough, demonstrating to all involved how to bat on a pitch which is probably only going to get tougher with balls holding up and variable bounce.

On the other foot, there is also the bonus points situation to worry about, although unless the weather hits, a draw is looking less and less likely, with six wickets on the opening day and no signs there will be any less throughout the contest.

This Victorian innings has ten overs left in that race, and you feel they won’t want to lose any more wickets before then, so it could be a slow start to the day when Chris Tremain and James Pattinson resume.

The Blues will be looking for breakthroughs, and have a ball which is just ten overs old to do it.

Harry Conway was outstanding yesterday and the pick of the bowlers, coming in to take the opening wickets after a slow start, while Trent Copeland was better in the later sessions.

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Still, the Blues batsmen will hold the key later in the day when they get a chance to do their thing, facing up to a strong attack which includes Pattinson, Tremain, Peter Siddle and Sheffield Shield player of the year Scott Boland.

Be sure to join us here on The Roar for live coverage of Day 2 from 10:30am (AEDT) and don’t forget to get involved by dropping a comment in the section below.

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