Roach slams ton to help Victoria secure 2 vital points

Published: Saturday, February 8, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Wicket-keeper Peter Roach scored his maiden first-class century on Saturday to secure two vital Sheffield Shield first-innings points for Victoria against New South Wales (NSW). Openers Matthew Mott (216) and Jason Arnberger (105) had given Victoria a fighting chance of overhauling NSW's daunting first innings tally of 544 for eight declared. But the situation looked grim when Roach arrived at the wicket late on Friday with Victoria 342 for six after a middle-order batting collapse. Roach, playing his first match for Victoria in two years, shared in three vital partnerships. He put on 122 runs for the seventh wicket with Mott, 60 for the eighth wicket with Shane Harwood (32) and 39 for the ninth wicket with Michael Lewis (18). With the match destined to end in a draw, Victorian skipper Brad Hodge finally declared at 563 for nine at tea on the final day with Roach unbeaten on 108 in an innings which spanned 258 minutes and 189 deliveries. NSW was 113 for four in its second innings when stumps were drawn. Roach was the fifth player to reach three figures in the match following Steve Waugh, Brad Haddin, Arnberger and Mott. It was also a rare occasion of both wicket-keepers - Haddin and Roach - making centuries in the same match. Victoria picked up two first-innings points with two wickets in hand to move six points clear of NSW in second place behind leaders Queensland on the standings with two games remaining.

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