The NSW Blues bowlers have fought hard again in the JLT Sheffield Shield Final against Victoria at the Junction Oval on Saturday.
At stumps on a rain-interrupted third day of the five-day Final Victoria was 7/207 in its second innings with an overall lead of 375 when bad light stopped play.
While there is still plenty of time left in the game despite the weather, the Blues will have a challenging chase to win the game after Victoria gained a significant bonus point advantage in the first innings, bowling the Blues out for 121 in 39 overs on Friday.
Victoria accumulated 1.88 first-innings bonus points to NSW's 0.9. Bonus points will decide the result if the match ends in a draw and at least 270 overs are bowled.
The pitch continues to offer seam movement, with a record 13 leg before wicket decisions in this final.
Sean Abbott continued his fine March form by taking another three wickets in Victoria’s second innings while Harry Conway claimed 2-31 from 16 overs and Trent Copeland snared his 50th wicket of the season for the first time.
Will Pucovski (51) helped Victoria to build a sizeable lead after showers wiped out the majority of Saturday's first session.
Pucovski ‘s half-century was just the second-highest score of the match after a century by teammate and Test incumbent Marcus Harris in the first innings.
Seb Gotch (20) was the other Victorian to fall in Saturday's middle session, trapped lbw by Conway.
Victoria resumed the day at 1-48 but only 30 minutes of play was possible before lunch.