In Round Seven of the Sheffield Shield SA won the toss and chose to field on a wicket which would seem to favour bowlers.
It proved to be the case as Chadd Sayers tore through the VIC top order to finish with 4-40, while Kane Richardson again impressed with 2-46 and Adam Zampa took 2-45.
Aussie stars Finch (49) and White (45) were the main contributors for VIC on a tricky pitch – though James Pattinson weighed in down the order with a useful 39.
In response SA had troubles of their own, and made just 178. The in-form Jake Lehmann was the only batsman to look comfortable and he played superbly for his 92 as the SA innings crumbled around him.
The consistent Jon Holland took 4-26 for VIC, as Pattinson and Chris Tremain took two scalps each at the top of the innings.
With a first innings lead of six runs – VIC showed why they are the league leaders with an authoritative second innings of 306. Openers Travis Dean and Marcus Harris returned to form and both made 40s, while Finch and White both improved on their first innings scores to make 71 and 56 respectively.
Sayers was again the pick for SA with 4-59, while Richardson and Zampa again shared four between them.
Needing 313 for an unlikely win SA got off to the worst possible start as they found themselves at 15-3. Skipper Travis Head then steadied the ship slightly making 47, and he was supported by Alex Carey but ultimately it was not enough as SA were bowled out for 188 – handing VIC the win.
Richardson gave it his all down the order with 41 off 27 balls (including three sixes) – but Pattinson and Holland combined well taking three wickets each and Tremain and Scott Boland mopped up the rest with two each.
VIC’s batting line up showed its depth in this match as Finch and White shone – while Dean, Harris and Christian quiet games with the bat. While Holland continued his exemplary Shield form – he now has 38 wickets at 19.7.
Lehmann has been in good form in the Shield in recent weeks and now sits on 439 runs in 12 innings – averaging 43.9. While Sayers has probably been the bowler of the tournament so far – he has 46 wickets at 16.73, and if Sayers does not get you – Richardson probably will – he has 30 wickets at 22.
VIC extended their lead at the top of the Shield table with this win, while SA slipped down to third – though they are just 0.02 points behind NSW.