Victoria 3 for 101 (Harris 51 *, Handscomb 48) trace New South Wales 159 (Patterson 63, Tremain 5-47) for 58 races
Chris Tremain continued his stellar start to the Sheffield Shield season and earned his second consecutive five-course run to put Victoria in a very strong position on the first day against New South Wales at the MCG. Tremain made use of the unusually green surface after his captain Peter Handscomb chose a bowl.
He scratched the outer edge of Daniel Hughes around the window and also claimed Moises Henriques in a long opening spell. Scott Boland gave tremendous support to Nick Larkin bowling and then caught Jack Edwards in the front after a 50-race partnership with Kurtis Patterson stopped the momentum.
Tremain then caught Peter Nevill at a good price before violating Jason Sangha's defense. Patterson, who played a solitary hand with 63, was the fifth window of Tremain. It was a carbon copy of his first one, which went around the window and threw himself out of the seam to take the outside edge and give the doorman Seb Gotch his fourth shot. Tremain has 14 windows in three innings so far this season, after taking 51 last summer. Fawad Ahmed cleaned the line by taking 3 by 18 to leave the Blues for only 159.
Victoria's response began terribly with Trent Copeland producing an equally skillful spell to eliminate Travis Dean and Eamonn Vines early and leave the home side 2 for 6. But Marcus Harris and Handscomb stabilized with a 92-race spot. Handscomb fell late in the day by 48. He cut a short and wide delivery of the leg runner Daniel Fallins to slide. Harris remained unbeaten in 51 at the end along with night watchman Boland.