Victoria 196 (Tremain 4-32) and 284 (Handscomb 90, O’Neill 70*, Tremain 4-50) def. new South Wales 102 (O’Neill 4-23) and 173 (Sangha 78, Sutherland 3-21, Murphy 3-34) from 205 runs
New South Wales fell to their 15th consecutive Sheffield Shield match without a win after losing by 205 runs to Victoria at the MCG.
They were bundled out for 173 midway through the first session of the fourth day, ending the glorious cricket state’s painful run in the historic contest.
Starting Sunday at 124 for 8, NSW battled harder than most of the match, still falling well short of the target of 379 to win.
Jackson Bird, who scored a disappointing 102 in NSW’s first innings, lasted only 11 balls and was the last batsman.
NSW have not won since February 2022, a current streak that is significantly worse than their last 10 winless matches.
The result came as sweet relief for Victoria after starting the season with crushing defeats to Western Australia and Queensland.
Tailender Fergus O’Neill was dangerous with 70 not out and shared a 58-run partnership with Scott Boland for the last wicket.
“(Handscomb) must have got a little clip from the coach after the first innings (about how he was out),” Victoria captain Will Sutherland said. “The way they responded, they had incredibly valuable runs.
“We knew it was going to be pretty much impossible for them to chase down that score, so that took a big burden off the bowlers’ shoulders.”
Victoria will be back in action next Saturday when they host Tasmania at Melbourne’s Junction Oval, while NSW face a final test against defending champions WA at the SCG.