Victoria 0 for 10 trail Tasmania 241 (Webster 107, McDermott 67, Tremain 3-48)
Peter Siddle picked up a couple of wickets in the lead up to the Trans Tasman Trophy © Getty Images
Test bowlers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson were both among the wickets for Victoria as they restricted Tasmania to 241 despite a maiden first-class century from Beau Webster on the rain-affected opening day of the Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.
Siddle and Pattinson were each playing their first matches since some niggles ruled them out of the Big Bash League and ODI matches that followed the Tests against West Indies, and returns of two wickets each allowed them to regain some rhythm ahead of the looming series in New Zealand.
Morning showers meant only 70.3 overs were possible on the day, enough time for the Bushrangers to work their way steadily through the Tigers’ batting order in conditions that afforded some assistance to bowlers.
It might have been worse for the visitors if not for strong contributions from 22-year old Webster and 21-year old Ben McDermott. They came to the crease at 4 for 67 and batted with good sense to put on a hundred partnership after their captain Alex Doolan was dismissed in the 22nd over.
McDermott stayed on to guide the tail to somewhere near 250 as the day faded out. Victoria’s openers survived two overs before the close for the addition of 10 runs.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo