The much vauted game between New South Wales and Victoria has ended in a draw, but while normally you would associate a draw with a dull listless affair but this game was anything but.
Day 3 continued the struggle for New South Wales to haul in Victorias huge first innings total of 378, besides Michael Clarke’s best efforts in adding to his overnight score of 71, lifting himself to a much needed 113 before the first Ashes test in Brisbane, the rest of the New South Wales batsmen fell around him as they limped to 263. Victoria having a 115 run lead going into their second innings.
NSW tried a shock tactic using Nathan Hauritz even after the first innings onslaught but he proved everyone and myself wrong, snagging two wickets (Hill for 8 and David Hussey for 9), Steve Clark snapping one but after this Rob Quiney and Andrew McDonald rebuilt for Victoria and despite the constant stream of wickets, Victoria ended day three on 7/242, leading by 357.
McDonald and the tail added 33 runs on the morning of day 4, when Clint McKay was stumped, they declared and set NSW the impossible task of getting 391 in less than a day. Much like the first innings, starts wasn’t a problem for the almost all Australian batting but continuing them was, as Shane Watson, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Phil Jacques and Steven Smith making starts but being dismissed. The wickets were shared between all the bowlers with Holland take two. Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke, despite back problems batting New South Wales to safe position and a draw, with Nathan Hauritz the only other wicket on zero.
The draw keeps NSW at the top of the table, with two wins and a draw, Victoria leaping Tasmania into second after first innings points. Andrew McDonald definitely put his hand up, with twin centuries and good bowling, while Michael Clarke will gain confidence after his 113 in the first innings.