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Sheffield Shield: Maxwell, Boland fire for Victoria

Glenn Maxwell finally fired with the bat, but two late strikes by fellow returning Australian one-day international Scott Boland put Victoria on top in their day-night Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia in Adelaide.

Boland took two wickets late on Sunday to reduce the Redbacks to 2-42 by stumps, in reply to the Maxwell-inspired Bushrangers' total of 9(dec)-325.

Fine knock:  Glenn Maxwell bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and Victoria at the ...
Fine knock: Glenn Maxwell bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and Victoria at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Morne de Klerk

Maxwell top scored with 79 in the top-of-the-table pink-ball clash before the ladder-leading Bushrangers declared.

In a welcome return to form. the allrounder thrashed eight fours and a six in his 78-ball knock before being bowled by Joe Mennie (3-73).

Maxwell will only be available for one Shield match for Victoria, before setting off to join the Australia T20 squad in South Africa at the end of the month.

He was back to his freewheeling best with the bat, at one stage thrashing consecutive fours off returning Australian one-day leg-spinner Adam Zampa (1-70).

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Maxwell helped steady the innings after the Bushrangers lost 2-4 following the tea break. Travis Dean (60) was bowled by Mennie with the first ball of the second over of the middle session.

Zampa had hoped to boost a Redbacks attack reeling from the loss of ODI quick Kane Richardson (back) who was ruled out for the rest of the summer.

Richardson suffered back soreness during Australia's one-day series in New Zealand, scans later revealed he had suffered a bone stress injury.

Redbacks medical staff said Richardson required an indefinite break, ruling him out of the remaining four first-class matches.

South Australia were already without spearhead Chadd Sayers, who is part of Australia's touring squad in New Zealand.

Boland (2-5) ensured Victoria took day one honours when he struck in consecutive overs as South Australia lost 2-1, including opener Mark Cosgrove for 32.

AAP