Sydney: Victoria had the upper hand after skittling the star-studded New South Wales (NSW) batting order in less than two sessions in its Sheffield Shield match on Thursday.
The Victorians ripped through NSW's powerful batting, dismissing the Blues for 141 on the opening day of the contest between the leading teams in the four-day competition. In reply, Victoria reached 110 for three at stumps, with Graeme Rummans unbeaten on 23 and Brad Hodge on six. Simon Katich top scored for NSW with 59 not out and Test skipper Steve Waugh chipped in with 45 as bowlers Shane Harwood (3 for 25), Matthew Inness (2 for 40), Michael Lewis (3 for 38) and Ian Harvey (2 for 22) shared the spoils. In Hobart, Martin Love hit a century to lead Queensland to a sound position against Tasmania. At stumps on the first day, Queensland were 249 for four with Love on 127 and Lee Carseldine on 19. The usually fluent Love struggled with his timing until late in his innings that he was able to get the runs flowing against a tiring attack. Young Western Australian spinner Beau Casson took the first six wickets of his first- class career as South Australia (SA) crashed to a disappointing 226 at the Adelaide Oval. Casson, 20, playing in just his second first-class match, took 6 for 64 in 29.4 overs to be the first day hero for West Australia (WA). SA looked to have WA at their mercy when openers David Fitzgerald (63) and Shane Deitz (56) put on an opening partnership of 114 before Casson struck.
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