Victoria storm into final with massive win

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Victoria secured a place in the final of Sheffield Shield with a massive 400 runs victory against Tasmania in Alice Springs. After setting a target of 535, Victoria Tasmania skittled for 134 with a five to Fawad Ahmed.

Chasing a huge target was going to be hard, but Tasmania collapsed once the opening stand of 26 was broken. Five batters scored in double digits, Tim Paine top scoring with 32 as Jon Holland disturbed the higher order and Fawad ran up the middle and lower order to finish with 5-32 to become the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Scott, Boland also contributed two wickets and Peter Siddle took one. Keeper Matthew Wade had three sacks and perplexed opener Michael Dom.

Earlier, Victoria began the day 1 for 47 with Chris Rogers and Marcus Stoinis going wounded 50. Rogers retired 69 in scoring 130 and limped off the field due to what was later diagnosed as tightness buttocks. He was cleared of serious injury and is expected to be fit for the final starting March 21.

Stoinis was hit by Clive Rose 62 and Victoria said 2 230 after a quick collaboration and unbeaten 55 in less than ten scales between David Hussey (47 of 58) and Christian Daniel (37 of 35) for setting a target dominant.

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