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Victoria leads SA in Shield final

Victoria leads SA in Shield final
Defending champions Victoria have kept strong against South Australia on day two of their Shield final.

Defending champions Victoria have a weary South Australia firmly on the back foot after day two of the Sheffield Shield final in Alice Springs.

Victoria, who need just a draw to secure a third successive Shield title, were eventually bowled out late on Monday for 487 at Traeger Park.

After 11 gruelling hours in the Northern Territory heat, SA's openers were unable to survive a challenging late session to be 1-19 at stumps.

A fired-up James Pattinson ripped through rookie opener John Dalton's defence to be clean bowled before a run had been scored in the SA innings.

Jake Weatherald (4 not out ) and Callum Ferguson (12 not out) will resume in the morning.

However, the story of the day was an excruciatingly slow, though important, seventh-wicket partnership between wicketkeeper Seb Gotch and fast bowler Pattinson.

Both scored the highest first-class scores, with new boy Gotch hitting 52 and Pattinson 80.

After resuming at 3-322, the Vics added a measly 120 runs in the first two sessions.

Overnight pair Rob Quiney (48) and Cameron White (17) both fell quickly, as did Dan Christian.

Gotch and Pattinson then got together for a 139-run stand, which extended over a marathon 383 balls.

Pattinson's innings lasted for 210 balls and Gotch's for 185.

Chadd Sayers, the Shield's leading wicket-taker for the season, somehow found the energy to rip through the Victorian tail as the final four wickets fell for three runs.

Sayers ended with the impressive figures of 7-84 from 34.2 overs, while leg- spinner Adam Zampa who was forced to do much of the grunt work on an unhelpful pitch, returned 1-175 off 44 overs.

AAP