Victoria end Sheffield Shield drought
Published: Wednesday, November 5, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Goodwin slams 184* as Langer fails again
Sydney: Victoria ended 20 years of bad luck here when they secured their first outright Sheffield Shield win over Queensland at the 'Gabba Ground since 1983. Despite some anxious moments, Victoria Wednesday wrapped up their opening match of the season with a convincing victory -- a major triumph for new 20-year-old captain and all-rounder Cameron White, named Man of the Match. White was a mere four months old when his side last won at the ground. Chasing 160 to capture a maximum six points, Victoria eventually coasted home with five wickets to spare, though they made a stuttering start to their chase to be a precarious 54 for four just after lunch. The palpitations were triggered by medium-pacer James Hopes (4-63), who captured four for two over a 16-ball span. It took an unbeaten 67-run partnership between White (38) and Andrew McDonald (45 not out) to guide the visitors to the tape. In Sydney, Test left-hander Simon Katich stroked a cultured 101 not out for New South Wales on the second day of the clash with Western Australia, Katich's former team. His first three-figure first-class score for his new state carried New South Wales to a challenging 273 for five wickets, 103 runs adrift of Western Australia's 376. Former Zimbabwe Test batsman Murray Goodwin, resuming with 184, was unconquered with a seven-hour 201, punctuated with 33 boundaries, in the Western Australian innings. In Hobart, Tasmania were well placed when they totalled 420 in their first innings on the third day of the clash against South Australia to lead by 184. But South Australia displayed stubborn resistance in their second knock, making 191 for one wicket as David Fitzgerald (99 not out) and Greg Blewett (60 not out) displayed good touch, leaving Tasmania with a heavy workload to force outright victory Thursday.