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Defeat ‘still bloody hurts’ in Victoria’s unexpected final but future bright

On the resumption of the Sheffield Shield season final month, an inexperienced Victoria did not set outlandish objectives or plot a barnstorming title run.

Boasting only one win from their first six matches, Victoria had been content material with backing youth in a bid to mould collectively a gifted core who may assist construct a basis for sustained success.

“When we came back after the BBL we spoke about how we’re on a journey. We didn’t talk about playing in the Shield final,” Victoria coach Chris Rogers stated.

Surprising their very own modest expectations, with skipper Peter Handscomb and frontline spinner Todd Murphy on Australia’s Test tour of India, Victoria led by 23-year-old stand-in captain Will Sutherland obtained on a roll.

They gained 4 straight matches to leapfrog into second-place and ebook a spot within the last in opposition to defending champions Western Australia.

In a rematch of final yr’s decider on the WACA, Victoria had their moments in a see-saw however could not fairly get the job performed in an eventual nine-wicket defeat.

Rather than be battle-scarred, they’re hoping to take heed of the adversity skilled amid the cauldron as Victoria goals to chip away at WA’s stranglehold of the home competitors.

“The challenge is to reach the top of the mountain and get past WA. That’s the challenge for everyone,” Rogers stated. “With a bit more experience…[we] might have been able to hang in a bit longer. It’s a young group and I think they’ll learn a lot out of it.”

As Victoria stared down the barrel heading into day 4, Rogers had a frank dialog with 20-year-old batter Campbell Kellaway who had helped spark Victoria’s season turnaround with a half-century in opposition to New South Wales in a comeback 69-run victory.

His breakout season has him on the radar of the nationwide selectors with Kellaway chosen within the Australia A tour of New Zealand next month. But promoted to No.3 within the last, Kellaway was significantly scratchy on a green-tinged floor in opposition to WA’s sturdy assault as he mustered 6 off 23 balls within the first innings earlier than wanting considerably overwhelmed late on day three in a painstaking 7 off 63 balls.

“I spent a good 45 minutes with him, talking about these experiences,” Rogers stated. “He’s figuring out answers to questions. He tried too hard this game. He was fighting so hard that he wasn’t giving himself a chance to score. He’s going to be a really important player for us for a number of years.”

In comparable vogue to Kellaway, 21-year-old opener Ashley Chandrasinghe carried his bat within the first innings in a exceptional 280-ball stonewall value 46 runs.

It was a rearguard that polarised the general public however made extra meritorious with Chandrasinghe, in his Shield debut season, solely making the line-up after veteran opener Travis Dean suffered an harm on the day earlier than the match.

Chandrasinghe obtained little help from his extra senior gamers and likewise copped mocking applause from the sometimes rowdy WACA trustworthy. But he remained unruffled to supply an indefatigable batting effort that he can construct on within the low season.

“There’s room for improvement in his game,” Rogers stated. “He doesn’t want to play that style of cricket, he wants to be scoring runs.

“It’s a measure of the person that he can bat an entire day. It’s a rare effort and he is obtained attributes to construct on. That dedication and to by no means stop is one thing in-built. I’m so happy with him.”

A gallant Victoria remained in the contest largely due to a lionhearted allround performance from Sutherland, who further enhanced his growing reputation with a five-wicket haul and an aggressive 83 in the second innings. But it ultimately wasn’t enough although there is the sense that something is percolating within this emerging team.

“It nonetheless bloody hurts we misplaced one other last. I do not need that to be a behavior however we’re on course,” Rogers said. “To win 5 video games on the bounce is sort of distinctive. They’ve performed with self-discipline past their years they usually had a variety of enjoyable doing it. We are going to get higher.”



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