The NSW Blues remain undefeated at the top of the Marsh Sheffield Shield table after rain forced a draw against Victoria at the MCG on Monday.
Showers disrupted play again on Monday, with the match eventually declared a draw with NSW on 0-129 at the scheduled tea break.
Nick Larkin followed his first innings 50 in difficult conditions with an unbeaten 68 white Dan Hughes was 46 not out.
After the Blues fought their way to 294 in the first innings Victoria declared at 7-307 shortly before stumps on a rain-interrupted day three.
Steve O’Keefe was Player of the Match following his 5-80 on Sunday, his first five-wicket haul at the MCG.
This was a rematch of last season’s Shield final, which Victoria won thanks to their quality pace attack. However, the Vics have failed to win a match this season.
The Blues again highlighted their fighting spirit after being reduced to 6-149 on the opening day by Ashes pacemen James Pattinson and Peter Siddle once Victoria won the toss and elected to bowl.
A top score of 54 batting at number eight by Sean Abbott, combined with a half-century from captain Peter Nevill and handy scores from O’Keefe (25) and Trent Copeland (20) allowed the Blues to virtually double their score and stay in the game.
The Blues’ last match before the mid-season Big Bash break is against second-placed Queensland at the SCG beginning on Saturday.
The Bulls have closed the gap with the Blues to eight points after beating Tasmania by 10 wickets in their recent Shield clash.