Victoria banked on an all-round show from their players to dominate the Sheffield Shield game against Queensland at the Gabba in Brisbane. While Matthew Short led the charge with the bat, Will Sutherland dominated the proceedings with the ball, Meanwhile, Short escaped a nasty injury during his innings after getting hit by a short-pitch delivery from Billy Stanlake.
The Victorians posted a massive total of 330 for nine on the board with the help of a terrific unbeaten century from Seb Gotch, who scored an unbeaten 102 from 162 balls and Matthew Short’s 98 off 112 deliveries. Xavier Bartlett bagged a five-wicket haul while Billy Stanlake and Cameron Gannon pocketed two-wicket each.
Short played a gritty knock and escaped a nasty injury when Stanlanke hit his chest with a venomous bouncer. It was a well-directed bouncer as the batsman failed to read the line of the ball and copped a blow on the chest and went down instantly. Queensland Bulls players along with the Australian pacer went on to check on the right-hander and ensured he was alright.
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After posting 330 runs in the first innings, Victoria came good with the ball to bowl out Queensland for 184 to secure a crucial first-innings lead. Veteran Peter Siddle provided the first breakthrough for Victoria before Will Sutherland ran down the batting with a fifer. Victoria will now aim to post a big target and then pick ten Queensland wicket to script a win.