Recent Match Report – Victoria vs NSW 7th Match 2023/24

Victoria 182 for 8 (Handscomb 43, Dwarshuis 3-43) vs new South Wales

new south wales early ben dwarshuis Three wickets resulted in Victoria’s disastrous start to the Sheffield Shield season, which continued after another collapse on the opening day at the MCG.

Play did not start until 1pm and the opening session was abandoned due to the outfield being wet following overnight rain. Victoria lost 5 wickets for 46 runs in the final session, with the recalled Dwarshuis taking three wickets, including key wickets. Peter Handscomb Due to a poorly executed pull shot, the while in-form Matt Short was brilliantly run out by substitute Chris Green after a terrible yes-no call from Sam Harper.

nathan lyon He took no wickets but bowled tightly for the full 16 overs on his return to first-class cricket and continued his comeback from a calf injury sustained after the Ashes.

Victoria’s top order got off to a great start with Handscomb, Travis Dean, etc. Will Pucovski And Short all passed 25 but none reached 50 as they gave NSW the lead when sent in to bat.

test hopeful marcus harris‘The start of the season has reflected the image of his team. After missing Victoria’s opening match of the season he was out for a duck on the first ball to add to his scores of 0 and 10 in his only other Shield appearance so far this year.

This time he was caught at short leg while pushing the ball from Chris Tremain, which bounced off the seam. He gets an inside edge on the pads and it goes to Ryan Hackney at short leg.

Pucovski, batting at No. 3 on his return after being rested following the loss to Queensland, was out in much the same fashion, but Hackney was unable to get his hands under the ball as he dived forward onto the pitch. Pucovski should also have been out on 10 when he edged Dwarshuis behind, but wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes misjudged the ball and he converted a relatively straightforward chance, diving to his right.

Pucovski and Dean finished with a 68-run partnership in about 35 overs on a difficult surface with plenty of green grass. Both men faced over a hundred balls and managed to hit only two fours on the soft, slow outfield. Pucovski eventually fell to Jackson Bird while attempting to defend from the crease.

Dean continued grinding with the handscomb which was much more fluent. But Dean, after facing 154 balls to score 39, fell victim to an innocuous Moises Henriques delivery, slipping him off steady feet.

Handscomb played a good innings of 43 but his dismissal led to a disastrous collapse. He played an uncharacteristic pull shot while setting square to Dwarshuis from around the wicket. The short ball was outside the off stump and he lofted it towards square leg in an attempt to pull it over midwicket.

Captain Will Sutherland also fell foul of Dwarshuis’s short ball, taking a catch at deep backward square, with two men on hand for a precise shot.

Things turned from bad to worse when Short, who looked to be in good touch, was run out. Harper pulled a ball to the short leg fielder and it went towards midwicket, Harper said ‘yes’ and then ‘no’ as he realized that Green was swooping. Short drew the initial call and was forced to run back but Green’s brilliant direct hit overcame his desperate dive.

Dwarshuis had Mitch Perry caught behind shortly after, before Tremain had Fergus O’Neill caught in full light in the final over of the day.

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