Recent Match Report – Victoria vs South Aust 19th Match 2023/24

Victoria 288 & 157 for 7 (Kellaway 35*, Harper 34, Doggett 3-41) beat South Australia 173 and 271 (Nielsen 67, Hunt 54, O’Neill 5-47) by three wickets

Victoria have ridden their luck on the way to securing a thrilling three-wicket victory over South Australia in the Sheffield Shield clash at Junction Oval.

Resuming on 49 for 2, chasing 157 for the win, Victoria crashed to 73 for 5 and 101 for 6 on Tuesday as Brendan Doggett (3-41), Nathan McAndrew (2-44) and Wes Agar (2-45) applied intense pressure.

But fighting knocks from Campbell Kellaway (35 not out off 101 balls) and Sam Harper (34 off 28 balls) got the home side over the line just before lunch on day four.

Kellaway was almost run out on eight, and he enjoyed another lucky break on 19 when a strong lbw shout from Agar was turned down. Replays showed Kellaway was plumb in front. Kellaway was given another life on 30 when a tough one-handed chance at leg slip was put down. The 21-year-old made the most of his fortune to combine with Harper for a match-winning 50-run stand.

The Redbacks’ woes were compounded by an injury to allrounder Liam Scott, who rolled his left ankle on the boundary rope while watching the ball sail over his head.

Victoria’s third win on the trot lifts them into second on the ladder with three rounds remaining, while South Australia will likely end the round in fifth spot.

The hosts made the worst start possible to day four, with first-innings centurion Nic Maddinson chipping Doggett straight to mid-on on the first ball of the morning.

Doggett struck again to remove nightwatchman Xavier Crone, while Peter Handscomb made just eight before being clean bowled by Agar. Jonathan Merlo’s exit for 17 left Victoria needing 56 more runs with just four wickets in hand.

But Harper made light work of the task at hand, cracking three fours and two sixes to take the game away from the visitors.

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