Vics turn screws on Shield leaders NSW

Seb Gotch celebrates scoring his maiden century for Victoria in their Shield match against NSW.
Seb Gotch celebrates scoring his maiden century for Victoria in their Shield match against NSW.

Sheffield Shield leaders NSW face an uphill task if they are to remain unbeaten as Victoria gain a strong foothold of their contest at the SCG.

NSW reached 2-66 at tea on on Saturday's second day to trail by 365 runs after Victoria had declared just before lunch on 7-431.

Tea was taken a few minutes early with a few drops of rain falling at the SCG.

The bottom-placed Vics have yet to register a win in six rounds, while NSW have collected five wins and a draw.

The home side remained watchful throughout the session, scoring at just 2.5 runs an over.

The Blues' opening pair put on a half-century stand before Nick Larkin was trapped in front for 21 with the score on 51.

The reliable Daniel Hughes soon followed, bowled by Will Sutherland for 31.

A maiden first-class ton from Victorian wicketkeeper Seb Gotch highlighted the opening session on day two with the 26-year-old remaining unbeaten on 100 when the declaration came.

Gotch posted the landmark off 241 balls, finding the boundary nine times in a largely cautious knock.

Opener Travis Dean was the other main contributor, posting 71 off 171 deliveries, having returned to the crease in the evening session on day one after a blow to the groin in the opening hour of play.

Australian Associated Press