Victoria goes down in Futures League
Victoria lost to New South Wales by 53 runs in their Toyota Futures League clash at the Blacktown International Sportspark yesterday.
Requiring 333 runs on the final day for victory after conceding a 57-run first-inning lead, the Victorians were unable to find a batsman to capitalise on a good start, ultimately being dismissed for 286.
Dean Russ, Matt Chasemore and David King all posted scores between 56 and 60 but without one of them pushing on for a century the required total was too great.
Resuming at 0-6 on the final day, openers Tom Donnell and Russ began the chase with an excellent 72-run stand, before Donnell fell to off-spinner Manjot Singh for 32.
As was the case in the first innings, the Victorians lost wickets in clumps, with four wickets going down for the addition of just 31 runs to leave the side 4-103.
Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers Ryan Carters (0), Alex Keath (1) failed to impact the scoreboard, while Dean Russ translated his superb Premier form for Footscray-Edgewater to the Futures League with 60.
A patient 118-run partnership between Frankston-Peninsula captain-coach Chasemore (60) and Ringwood's King (56) put the young Victorians in a position to win the match, but another mini collapse left the innings in tatters at 7-234, losing 3-23 with Chasemore, King and Ian Holland (6) all back in the pavilion.
Bushrangers quick Jayde Herrick (34*) gave the side a small glimmer of hope with a few lusty blows and found good support from Nathan Freitag (15), the pair putting on 49 for the eighth wicket.
Freitag's dismissal signalled the end for the visitors with James Muirhead (3) and Louis Cameron both falling quickly.
Herrick's return to form with match figures of 6-61 was a highlight for Victoria with the hostile quick putting his name in the frame for selection in the RYOBI One-Day Cup Final next Wednesday.