A James Pattinson inspired Victoria (VIC) cantered to victory by an innings and 11 runs over Queensland (QLD) at Brisbane to ensure their place in the 2016/17 Sheffield Shield final.
Victorian skipper Cameron White won the toss and decided to field first, with VIC’s place in the Shield final already confirmed. His bowlers responded well to his choice as they combined to skittle QLD for just 208.
Chris Tremain led the way taking 3-41, while Jon Holland, Scott Boland and Dan Christian all chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Playing in his final match for QLD before retiring, Chris Hartley made a fine half-century (57) to top score for his side, while Jimmy Peirson and Chris Lynn played well for 46 and 31 respectively.
In response VIC made 280 before being bowled out to give themselves a seemingly slender 72 first innings lead. Rob Quiney top scored with 57, Aaron Finch scored 52 and opener Marcus Harris made 49.
Michael Neser was in-form for the Queenslanders taking 4-74, while Luke Feldman continued his good Shield form taking 3-37 and Jack Wildermuth picked up two wickets as well.
With a first innings deficit of 72, QLD then suffered a dramatic collapse as Pattinson tore through their top order with a devastating spell over six overs which saw him take five wickets for just seven runs.
Tremain and Boland took two wickets apiece for VIC, while Hartley top scored in his final innings for QLD with 18 – finishing on an impressive 535 Shield runs at an average of 76.4.
Pattinson finished with 20 wickets in his four Shield outings with at an average of 16.3 – a record which should impress the Nottinghamshire fans who will see him in action in the English summer.
VIC’s win confirmed their spot at the top of the ladder as well as ensuring their home spot in the 2016/17 Sheffield Shield final, where they will look to retain their Shield title won last year.
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