Sheffield Shield final: Peter Siddle and James Pattison run through NSW
Peter Siddle claimed 5/28 as NSW folded for 121. (Image: Twitter/@VicStateCricket)

Peter Siddle and James Pattinson grabbed eight wickets between themselves to keep Victoria right on top of New South Wales on day two of the 2018-19 Sheffield Shield final at Melbourne’s Junction Oval, where at stumps the home team had a lead of 216 with nine wickets remaining.

Resuming on 266/6, Victoria were bowled out for 289 and then limited NSW to 121 in 39 overs, with Siddle claiming 5/28 and Pattinson 3/30. A day of dominance has left Victoria firm favourites for a fourth Sheffield Shield trophy in the past five seasons.

In 23.5 before the close of play, they scored 48 runs for the loss of Marcus Harris for 23. (READ: Marcus Harris 141 steers Victoria to 266/6)

Pattinson helped his side battle to 289 with an unbeaten 23 off 96 balls, but it was with the ball in hand that he really gave NSW a tough time. His wickets included the skipper Peter Nevill for 4 and Jason Sangha for 21, around some splendid bowling from the veteran Siddle.

Siddle got stuck in early when he trapped Daniel Harris for 2 and later triggered a collapse with the wickets of Moises Henriques (35), Jack Edwards (20), Steve O’Keefe (1) and Trent Copeland (0). In this passage, NSW lost seven wickets for 33 runs in 11.4 overs.

Victoria were 48/1 at stumps, with skipper Travis Dean batting on 23.

Brief scores: Victoria 289 and 48/1 lead New South Wales 121 (Siddle 5/28) bu 216 runs