Victoria 399 (Handscomb 112, Dean 111, White 78, Worrall 6-96) and 3 for 196 (Stoinis 72, Handscomb 61*, Dean 54) beat South Australia 340 (Ross 72, Weatherald 66, Carey 50, Tremain 3-73, Holland 3-86) and 251 (Weatherald 96, Ross 71, Holland 5-76) by 7 wickets
Marcus Stoinis made quick runs on the final morning © Getty Images
Victoria wasted little time rumbling to their second consecutive Sheffield Shield title and 30th overall, capitalising on a weakened South Australia attack to wrap up the final in little more than an hour on the last day of the final at Glenelg Oval.
Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb played with freedom in sight of the competition finish line, completing a match in which youthful batting talent was writ large across the five days – Cameron White the only batsman over the age of 30 to make a significant score.
Stoinis struck three consecutive sixes to go beyond his half century, and while he was dismissed with only a handful of runs required, Handscomb laced a boundary behind point to seal the win and earn a warm embrace from his captain Matthew Wade.
The Redbacks were limited on their bowling options having lost Chadd Sayers due to an ankle problem. They also were unable to call upon the swing bowling of Daniel Worrall on the final morning, leaving Joe Mennie and Eliot Opie to be partnered by the part-time spin of the captain Travis Head.
Victoria’s win means South Australia have now gone 20 seasons without winning the title.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo