Victoria win 2018-19 JLT Sheffield Shield title
Victoria have won the 2018-19 JLT Sheffield Shield Final by 177 runs after a dominant display against the New South Wales Blues at CitiPower Centre, Junction Oval in Melbourne
Starting day four 375 runs ahead on 7-207, Victoria lost their remaining three wickets early in the morning, falling for 219 in the second innings.
Trent Copeland (3-52) and Sean Abbott (4-82) cleaned up the Victorian tail as New South Wales were set the tough task of chasing down 387 runs to claim the Shield.
James Pattinson (4-41) got Victoria off to a perfect start with the ball, collecting the early wicket of Nick Larkin (4) in the fourth over.
Despite losing the early wicket, New South Wales fought back into the match as Kurtis Patterson (76) and Daniel Hughes (41) combined for a match-best partnership of 120 runs.
Peter Siddle (1-54) entered the attack and got the big breakthrough for Victoria, catching Patterson off his own bowling and swinging the momentum back in the host’s favour.
Hughes was dismissed shortly after as the Blues began to collapse, losing 5 wickets for 22 runs.
After the tea break, Victoria moved swiftly to close out the match, finishing the Blues for 210 runs and claiming their fourth Sheffield Shield title in the past five seasons.
Victoria opening batsman Marcus Harris was named player of the match.
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Audio from Victoria captain Travis Dean, Victoria batsman Marcus Harris and New South Wales Blues captain Peter Nevill is available below -
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