James Pattinson has bowled Victoria back into their Sheffield Shield match with NSW after Harry Conway’s career-best figures had earlier put the Blues on top.
NSW went to lunch on day two at 3-64 in reply to Victoria’s 190 at Bankstown Oval, with Pattinson removing both Daniel Hughes and Kurtis Patterson.
Fit again after withdrawing from the end of the Test summer, Pattinson (2-15) had Hughes edging before he bowled Patterson around his legs.
The fired-up Victorian quick sprinted towards the rope in celebration after swinging into the left-hander’s leg stump, removing him for 20.
Nick Larkin had earlier also fallen to a super Jake Fraser-McGurk run out on 19, who picked up with one hand and threw the stumps down from point.
But the Blues still have the slight upper hand thanks to Conway and his 6-39.
Only called in for the grieving Mitchell Starc earlier this week, Conway cleaned up Victoria’s last three wickets inside half hour on Friday.
The 28-year-old nabbed his first five-wicket haul when he removed Scott Boland and Mitchell Perry caught behind in the same over.
Matt Short (94) was Conway’s last victim, caught off the glove trying to pull down the legside in an unlucky end to his resistance and shot at a maiden Shield century.
After fighting through a tough first day, Short tried to up the ante on Friday morning in pursuit of his hundred and made a point to go after Pat Cummins.
Conway had already removed Marcus Harris (29), Seb Gotch (5) and Jake Fraser McGurk (18) on a wet opening day.
Cummins finished with 1-49 in his first Shield match for NSW in more than a year, while Trent Copeland had 2-31.