New Vic in top nick with ton

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

UN­WANTED by his old state and signed al­most as an af­ter­thought by his new one, Nic Maddin­son has scored an un­beaten cen­tury on Sh­effield Shield de­but for Vic­to­ria.

The home side is in charge at 3-311 against West­ern Aus­tralia at stumps at the MCG, thanks to Maddin­son’s su­perb in­nings in his first Shield ap­pear­ance since his ac­ri­mo­nious split with NSW.

The three-Test bats­man blasted two sixes and 21 fours, amass­ing 159 from 282 balls.

“I’m just grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity I was given by Vic­to­ria,” Maddin­son said. “I knew, com­ing in, it was go­ing to be tough for me to play Shield cricket but, with (Mar­cus Harris, Aaron Finch and Peter Hand­scomb) get­ting se­lected, it opened a hole and I was mak­ing runs.

“I feel con­fi­dent in my game, so it was just about mak­ing sure I was mak­ing the right de­ci­sions, es­pe­cially early against the new ball.”

Cameron White will re­sume to­day with Maddin­son. White’s 65 not out came from 112 balls and in­cluded 10 fours.

Maddin­son sur­vived a scare on 92 but his re­prieve came at the ex­pense of Glenn Maxwell.

In a freak­ish dis­missal, WA seamer Matthew Kelly dropped a sharp re­turn chance off Maddin­son, but the ball took a big de­flec­tion off his hand back on to the stumps with non-striker Maxwell out of his crease.

Maxwell had bat­ted im­pres­sively com­ing in up the or­der at No.4 but had to de­part on 57 from 91 de­liv­er­ies.

Vic­to­ria raced to 0-62 af­ter stand-in skip­per Travis Dean won the toss and elected to bat.

But WA ap­plied the brakes when Dean (16) and Will Pu­cov­ski (1) departed. Dean is fill­ing in for Hand­scomb, pre­ferred in the Test XI at the ex­pense of Mitch Marsh, who has re­turned to lead WA.

Marsh con­ceded 25 runs from three overs, but tight­ened up to re­turn 0-58 from 14 overs.

All­rounder Mar­cus Stoi­nis was the pick of the bowlers with 1-30 from 16 overs.

Nic Maddin­son

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