Victoria 331 (Short 104, Harris 53, Kellaway 51, Hatcher 4-95) 3 for 0 (Dean 3*) New South Wales 203 (Green 52, Perry 4-24) & 130 (Green 39*, Perry 4-30) by 10 wickets
Short added 23 to his overnight tally of 81 to complete his second century in as many appearances, having failed to score one in his previous 64 Shield innings, to help Victoria post a significant first innings lead of 128 .
Short proved an obstacle for Copeland and his fellow NSW bowlers on the third morning as he sailed to his century. After losing to Sam Harper, he got a lot of support from Fergus O’Neill who went 24 not out. Short fell to Chris Green, caught short leg for 104, but Victoria added 67 valuable runs to their overnight tally for the last four wickets to take the lead above the triple figure.
NSW’s second innings started disastrously as they fell to 16 for 3 and lost all three in just two overs as Perry and Cameron McClure did the damage with seam moves and some extra bounce. NSW lost wickets at regular intervals thereafter, with Sutherland and Perry tearing through the middle order before Short scored a hat-trick to give Victoria a chance at an innings victory.
Victoria remains third on the Shield table and still has a chance to play in back-to-back finals, but they head to Western Australia to take on the ladder leaders in the final round. NSW remain winless with one game left against South Australia.