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Vics building a lead

UPDATED 24 May, 2013 9:40AM AEST | by Angus Morgan at the MCG, Sportal

Victoria leads Western Australia by 143 runs with seven second-innings wickets in hand after two days of play in their Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.

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Victoria leads Western Australia by 143 runs with seven second-innings wickets in hand after two days of play in their Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.

At stumps the Vics were 3-60 with opener Rob Quiney to resume on Sunday morning on 27 and nightwatchman Jon Holland, six.

The Warriors seized the momentum in the final hour of play thanks to all-rounder Mitch Marsh who claimed the three Bushrangers wickets to fall - Chris Rogers (11), Aaron Finch (6) and the prized scalp of stand-in skipper David Hussey (7) - all to catches behind the wicket.

Chasing the Bushrangers' first innings 301, the Warriors were dismissed for 218 midway through Saturday's final session.

At one stage, WA was in serious danger of being routed short of the follow-on figure of 151, but they were rescued by the steady hand of former Tasmanian batsman Travis Birt who top-scored with 63.

It was only after Birt had guided the Warriors to safety that the final pairing, Michael Hogan (41) and Jason Behrendorff (19) combined for a swashbuckling last-wicket stand of 55 - the biggest of the innings - scored in 23 minutes from just 27 balls.

Those late heroics aside, it was largely a battle of survival for WA from the moment they resumed on Saturday morning at 2-6.

They lost Wes Robinson for two in the fifth over of the morning when he feathered a catch behind to Matthew Wade off the bowling of James Pattinson.

Soon after skipper Marcus North got an edge to debutant quick Scott Boland's fourth ball in Shield cricket and Aaron Finch at first slip gratefully accepted the offering low to his left.

At 4-26, WA was in real strife, but Adam Voges and young opener Marcus Harris kept the Vics at bay in the hour to lunch.

Voges brought up the 50 partnership early in the second session with a slashing boundary off Jayde Herrick but, four balls later, the patient Harris fell for 39 attempting to pull Andrew McDonald.

The wicket was a fitting reward for the veteran all-rounder whose 10 overs to that stage had come at a cost of just 10 runs.

Voges had been at the crease for a tick over two hours for 30 when he was trapped in front by Glenn Maxwell, leaving WA 6-97.

All of a sudden, Birt found himself running out of partners.

He lost Marsh (9) and Michael Johnson (0) in quick succession to left-arm spinner Jon Holland but found a willing ally in Behrendorff.

The pair took WA to 8-142 at tea and beyond the follow-on figure when Birt was dismissed fending at a short ball from Jayde Herrick.

Victoria 1st innings 301

Western Australia 1st innings
Harris c Wade b McDonald 39
Davis c Finch b Pattinson 2
Rimmington b Pattinson 0
Robinson c Wade b Pattinson 2
North c Finch b Boland 10
Voges lbw Maxwell 30
Birt c Hussey b Herrick 63
Marsh lbw Holland 9
Johnson c Quiney b Holland 0
Behrendorff not out 19
Hogan run out 41

Extras: 3 (2lb, 1w)
Total 218 (10 wickets; 80 overs)

FOW: 1-2, 2-6, 3-12, 4-26, 5-76, 6-97, 7-126, 8-128, 9-163, 10-218

Bowling
Pattinson 16 - 5 - 27 - 3 (1w)
McDonald 15 - 8 - 19 - 1
Herrick 18 - 4 - 59 - 1
Maxwell 12 - 3 - 25 - 1
Boland 12 - 2 - 51 - 1
Holland 7 - 1 - 35 - 2

Victoria 2nd innings

Rogers c Johnson b Marsh 11
Quiney not out 27
Finch c Johnson b Marsh 6
Hussey c Davis b Marsh 7
Holland not out 6

Extras: 3 (1lb, 2nb)
Total 60 (2 wickets; 19 overs)

FOW: 1-25, 2-38, 3-52

Bowling
Hogan 7 - 1 - 24 - 0
Rimmington 3 - 1 - 14 - 0
Marsh 4 - 0 - 14 - 3 (2nb)
Behrendorff 3 - 1 - 4 - 0
North 2 - 1 - 3 - 0

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First Posted 12 November, 2011 6:41PM AEST

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