Victoria’s youngsters have upstaged some of their idols at the SCG, where the visitors defied an on-song Nathan Lyon to claim a tense four-wicket win over NSW on day three of their Sheffield Shield clash.
Lyon snagged his maiden 10-wicket match haul for NSW, grabbing the new ball and four wickets as Victoria crashed to 5-87 at tea on Friday as they pursued a target of 141.
Express paceman James Pattinson and 18-year-old batsman Jake Fraser-McGurk stepped up, showing impressive composure with the bat against a Test-standard attack.
Pattinson (16) and Fraser-McGurk (38 not out) shared a 52-run partnership to all but end a topsy-turvy match that shuttled along in frenetic fashion.
Pattinson was dismissed by the penultimate ball of the game, leaving Fraser-McGurk to stroke the winning runs off Lyon.
Will Sutherland, 21, and 20-year-old Mitch Perry played key roles with the ball, each grabbing the prized scalp of Steve Smith to restrict the superstar to a match tally of just 20 runs.
“We’ve got a few boys who grew up watching these blokes,” Victoria captain Peter Handscomb said.
“To have the chance to play against them was one thing, and to walk away with the win it’s even better.
“Three out of Australia’s four frontline bowlers (were bowling) … it was pretty exciting for our young batters to make some runs against them.
“Maybe it helped that he (Fraser-McGurk) was young and didn’t have any demons or anything … he’s an exciting talent.”
NSW resumed at 1-22 on Friday, lost 5-18 then rallied from 7-68 to finish all out for 175 at the end of an eventful morning session.
Lyon scored 21 as the Blues’ nightwatchman before Sean Abbott crashed six sixes during a quickfire 73 from 75 balls, including 23 runs from one Scott Boland over, to top score for the hosts.
Lyon, who snared 6-21 from 16 overs during Victoria’s first innings to help inflict a stunning collapse of 8-48, shared Friday’s new ball with Mitchell Starc.
The offspinner bowled unchanged from the Randwick End for 28.1 overs, continuing to exhibit potent form in his first red-ball game after what he termed an emotional and exhausting end to Australia’s Test series against India.
Lyon, having fallen one wicket short of his 400th Test scalp at the Gabba, on Friday celebrated a notable milestone at the SCG.
“Gaz was doing Gaz things … 600 first-class wickets, that’s incredible,” Handscomb said.
Lyon’s first delivery was smashed into the stands by Nic Maddinson, but he settled to remove Marcus Harris (14), Handscomb (4), Matt Short (17) and Maddinson (44).
Starc, playing for the first time since he struggled in the Australia-India series finale, finished with match figures of 1-104 after claiming the consolatory wicket of Pattinson.
“We were just that little bit short. If we had another 50 runs in the bank it would have been enough to win,” NSW captain Peter Nevill said.