Finch, bowlers bring Victoria in sight of crushing win | Cricket Bats | Australia

Western Australia 302 & 8 for 161 (Inglis 54*, Kelly 44*, Boland 3-44) trail Victoria 392 & 8 for 378 (Finch 151*, Harris 55, Stoinis 4-82) by 307 runs

A stunning century from Aaron Finch and a fine display of fast bowling from the quicks has put the Victoria Bushrangers on the brink of a comprehensive victory over Western Australia at the WACA.

Victoria began the day 160 runs ahead and started briskly in the morning session with Marcus Harris reaching a half-century.

Western Australia fought back briefly by picking four wickets later in the session, but were denied by Finch, who exploded in the afternoon to make 151 not out off just 122 balls. This included 16 fours and seven sixes. Cameron White provided good support adding 41. Finch declared with a lead of 468.

Then the bowlers ripped through Western Australia with Chris Tremain taking three wickets to complete his first Sheffield Shield 10-wicket haul. Scott Boland (three) and Peter Siddle (two) also shared in the spoils.

As Western Australia slumped to 8 for 99, Victoria took the extra half-hour to try and wrap up the match on the third night. But a defiant 62-run stand between Josh Inglis and Matt Kelly ensured the game would reach the fourth day.


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