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Vics turn tables on SA in Shield clash

  • Vics turn tables on SA in Shield clash

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19: Chris Tremain of the Bushrangers catches the ball during day three of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 19, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Victoria need a big opening session from their tailenders as they struggle in the Sheffield Shield cricket match against SA.

The competition leaders will go into day three on 6-263, still 142 behind the second-placed Redbacks.

Sam Harper has played well for his 55 and John Hastings is on five.

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Play was delayed for a few minutes late on day two when a Chadd Sayers bouncer struck Hastings on the helmet.

But Hastings kept batting and is expected to resume his innings on Monday.

Victorian batsman Aaron Finch has top-scored so far with 102, his first Shield century in more than six years.

But SA have taken the initiative and Finch said it was imperative that his side's tail wagged freely.

"That's one we've been great at in the last couple of years, our lower order has always contributed runs when we've needed them," he said.

"It should never be up to them, but at some time you need a little bit of tail wagging.

"Sammy Harper has played beautifully so far for his 50-odd and John Hastings has scored valuable runs all through his career."

The match so far has been a change of fortunes for Victoria, who had started the Shield season with three wins.

"It does feel like that (sort of) game at the moment, a chop-on here and there, a few balls flying in the gaps and things like that," he said

"We have two days to drag it back and win this game.

"We've dragged it back reasonably well today and (it's) time to try to put a bit more on in the morning."

Finch praised the Victorian paceman for bowling much better early on day two and wrapping up the SA first innings quickly.

The Redbacks lost 5-45 before lunch on Sunday, with Chris Tremain taking four wickets, and were dismissed for 405.

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