Sheffield Protect strugglers Victoria have put themselves in a near-unbeatable place in opposition to ladder-leading New South Wales because of a maiden century from wicketkeeper Seb Gotch.
Victoria declared at 7-431 simply earlier than lunch on day two on the SCG, having resumed at 5-318. NSW are 0-Zero in response after going through simply two overs earlier than the break.
Gotch surpassed his earlier better of 98 to succeed in maiden century in his 22nd firstclass match.
It was a watchful innings from the 26-year-old who, having begun the day on 59, posted the landmark off 241 balls, hitting 9 boundaries.
Travis Dean was the opposite most important contributor, scoring 71 off 171 deliveries.
The opener resumed his innings in Friday’s third session having left the sector early within the day on 11 after being struck flush on the groin by a Trent Copeland supply.
Peter Siddle swiped 24 off 21 balls late on, because the NSW assault struggled for penetration.
Steve O’Keefe (2-69) eliminated Dean whereas Check spinner Nathan Lyon (3-113) was unable to breakthrough.
Victoria laid a powerful platform on day one with contributions from Nic Maddinson (95), Peter Handscomb (41) and Matt Quick (44).
NSW are undefeated on the prime of the standings with 5 wins and a draw, whereas the Vics are but to register a victory.