JLT Cup: White, Coleman fashion Victoria’s 66-run win over New South Wales
Cameron White scored his 13th List A century. (Getty Image)

Allrounder Cameron White struck a glorious century, coupled with a five-wicket haul for Jackson Coleman powered Victoria to a handsome 66-run win over New South Wales in the JLT Cup. White’s 123 and an equally crucial 89 from Peter Handscomb propelled the Vics to 327, after which Coleman took 5 for 39 bowled NSW out for 261.

For NSW, Sean Abbott finished with career-best figures of 5/77, and his effort was backed by allrounder Moises Henriques and Daniel Sams – both of whom scored a half-century, but the target was always going to be steep for the lower order to overhaul.

NSW skipper Kurtis Patterson opted to field after winning the toss. His decision proved to be a master stroke as opener Seb Gotch picked out the mid-on fielder first ball of the match. Marcus Harris and White steadied the ship with a 55-run stand but just when it was beginning to look threatening, Ben Dwarsuis removed Harris in the 12th over. Rebuilding was the need of the hour, and that is exactly what White and Handscomb did. They handled the middle overs well and put on 190 runs in 18 overs. NSW allowed Handscomb a reprieve when he was put down by the wicketkeeper.

White was at his merciless best and thudded 13 fours and three sixes in his knock before he followed Handscomb back in the dressing room. Even then Vics were below the 300-run mark but cameos from Glenn Maxwell and Nic Maddinson took the total beyond 220 before Abbott completed his five-for.

In reply, Daniel Hughes was dismissed first ball of the second over to Will Sutherland. Jack Edwards and Kurtis Patterson forged a strong 52-runs stand with some crisp strokes but the alliance was broken by Coleman, who had Edwards out caught. Patterson departed not soon after to leave Blues at 76/3. That is when Henriques and Nick Larkin came together for 71 runs for the fourth wicket. The one thing that Victoria did right was break partnerships just when they were set to take off.

Jay Lenton’s dismissal left NSW down to 169/5. Henriques, now well set, started playing the big shots. In Sams, he had the perfect partner, and with two fours and five sixes, he raced to 56 off 36 as the due put together another 50 runs in just five overs. To the Blues horror, both batsmen fell in quick succession – first Henriques and then Sams – and the second dismissal triggered a collapse that saw them lose the final four wickets for just seven runs. Coleman and Tom O Connell picked the pieces to take Victoria to third on the points table. The Blues however, remain winless.

Brief score: Victoria 327 in 50 overs (Cameron White 123, Peter Handscomb 89; Sean Abbott 5-70) beat New South Wales 261 in 42 overs (Moises Henriques 77, Daniel Sams 56; Jackson Coleman 5-39) by 66 runs.