Handcomb’s 114* seals crucial win for Victoria

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Victoria 371 (White 149, Winter 5-85) and 4 for 253 (Handscomb 114*, Mennie 2-40) beat South Australia 379 (Nielsen 105, Tremain 4-86, Boland 4-88) and 243 (Weatherald 62, Boland 4-41) by six wickets
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Australia’s Test squad member Peter Handscomb hit form before heading to South Africa, scoring an unbeaten 114 off 127 balls to carry Victoria to their first win of the season, helping them chase 252 against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

Victoria’s fast bowlers ran through South Australia’s line-up on the final day, starting with Scott Boland, who broke an 80-run partnership between Tim Nielsen and Alex Ross in the fifth over of the day. South Australia subsequently slid from 216 for 6 to 243 all out, having added just 35 runs to their overnight score of 208. Boland picked up four wickets to finish with a match haul of 8 for 129.

In response, Victoria lost openers Travis Dean and Marcus Harris to Joe Mennie, but a solid 138-run, fourth-wicket partnership between Handscomb and Cameron White pushed Victoria closer to the target. Although Jake Lehmann dismissed White, captain Handscomb’s 13th first-class century comfortably took Victoria home with six wickets remaining.

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