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Vics-Blues Shield clash ends in draw

Victoria took first-innings points, but the weather had the final say on Friday as the Sheffield Shield clash with NSW petered out into a draw as just five overs were bowled at the SCG on the fourth and final day.

After more than two hours were lost to rain on Wednesday, the weather set in again on Friday, with the morning session washed out.

Bad light halted play before tea just half an hour after the players made it into the middle with the Blues on 3-194 with a 157-run second-innings lead.

NSW opener Scott Henry (81 not out) was left stranded with a maiden century in his sights, and he was able to add just 10 runs with Peter Nevill (61 not out) to their 105-run fourth-wicket partnership.

Henry had a strong match, also scoring 78 at the top of the order during the Blues' first innings of 293, which also included a sparkling century from dumped Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

But it was not enough to deny the high-flying Bushrangers first-innings points - that was secured on Thursday on the back of some splendid batting from Chris Rogers (125) and skipper Cameron White (72).


Blues' paceman Mitchell Starc improved as the match went on, finishing with figures of 4-72 and the key scalps of Rogers, White and David Hussey before being announced on Friday in Australia's 13-man squad for the Adelaide Test starting next Thursday.

The two first-innings points put the Bushrangers back on top of the Shield ladder, in equal first place with Queensland on 20 points.

After a bright start to the season, NSW have endured a second straight game without picking up points and stay fourth on the competition ladder on eight points - though they have played just four games.