Historic Dean leads Vics to Shield win

02/09/2019 Posted by admin

A new Australian batting star has been born at the MCG, where debutant Travis Dean has become the first player to make twin centuries in his maiden Sheffield Shield match.


Dean batted throughout Victoria’s two innings and finished unbeaten in both, hitting the winning runs as Victoria achieved a stunning nine-wicket victory on Saturday over Queensland at the MCG.

The 23-year-old from Werribee batted with poise and patience on the final day, resuming on 23 to make an unbeaten 109, adding to his 154no in the first innings.

Dean was a surprise selection for Victoria, ahead of Australian Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch, his name standing out as the only Bushranger in the XI not to have toured for Australia.

He showed he could soon be joining that list, his remarkable run-scoring feats helping the Bushrangers chase down a 229-run target while losing just one wicket.

Opening batsman Rob Quiney made 54 before Marcus Stoinis contributed well with 66no.

Dean’s slice of history was threatened by Stoinis, who made 50 off 80 balls, putting Victoria in reach of the total and stranding Dean in the nineties.

But the unheralded Bushranger upped his run rate to ensure no such drama, bringing up his hundred with a pull shot to the boundary – then closing out the win with another four.

He said he wasn’t thinking about the record books he’d just re-written.

“As (captain Matthew) Wade said before, it’ll probably take 10 years to really sink in,” he said.

“A stat like that, you don’t go out and aim for that sort of thing.

“All we had our sights on was winning with the threat of weather around – that was the main priority.”

Dean is not the only Australian to achieve two centuries on his first-class debut, with Arthur Morris doing so in 1940-41 for NSW.

But Morris’ achievement came during the Second World War during the Shield’s recess.

Dean said comparisons to the Invincibles-era batsman didn’t sit comfortably.

“He’s obviously a legend of the game and all that. I’ve still got a fair way to go, that’s for sure, to be put up with him,” he said.

“I don’t really want to rest on this performance. (I want to) maintain my spot in the team for as long as I possibly can.”

The match was evenly poised at the start of play with the Bushrangers resuming at 0-38.

After a slow start, Victoria scored up the required runs with only Quiney dismissed lbw by Ben Cutting after a century opening stand.

Victoria were in the contest thanks to a bold day-three declaration from Wade.

Chasing Queensland’s first-innings total of 444, Wade brought in his side at 3-319 and his attack then skittled the Bulls for 103.

The final night session of the day-night Shield match wasn’t needed for Victoria to achieve their win, with the target achieved before 6pm (AEDT).

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