New South Wales Blues fast bowler Harry Conway has claimed career best figures on day one of the inaugural First Class and JLT Sheffield Shield match at Drummoyne Oval.
After Victoria won the toss and elected to bat first on Tuesday, the Blues skittled the visitors for 106 before tea, but trail by nine runs at stumps after they fell to 7/97. Conway returned the outstanding figures of 5-14 from 13 overs.
The Blues collapsed from 0/67 at one point and lost 7-20 within 15 overs. Victorian left-arm finger spinner Jon Holland claimed 5-27 from 14 overs on the first afternoon.
The unbeaten batsmen for the Blues were captain Peter Nevill (8 not out) and Conway (5 not out).
Conway claimed his second five-wicket haul in First Class cricket and first since his debut match against Tasmania in March 2016. He claimed 5-45 in the first innings of that seven-wicket win.
In the absence of Sean Abbott, ruled out of the match with minor back spasms, Conway relished the responsibility of opening the attack with seamer Trent Copeland (3-50).
Victoria was 2/57 just before lunch and went to the interval at 3/64 due to the departure of 21-year-old Will Pucovski (19).
Conway then dismissed former Blues batsman Nic Maddinson (24) and Matt Short in consecutive deliveries during the first over after lunch.
Despite being unable to complete the hat-trick, Conway soon had his fourth when he removed wicketkeeper-batsman Seb Gotch, caught at first slip by Copeland, for a third ball duck.
Victorian veteran Cameron White (10) became his fifth wicket when he edged a good length delivery through to Nevill.
Steve O’Keefe also claimed the excellent figures of 2-17. Similar to Conway, the left-arm finger spinner conceded a little more than one run per over.
At one stage Victoria was 9/82. The final pair of Scott Boland (11) and Holland (12 not out) added some respectability to the score for Victoria with 24 runs for the 10th wicket.
After yet another solid opening stand between Daniel Hughes (45) and Nick Larkin (19), Holland broke through to trigger another collapse.
Larkin and Hughes departed in successive overs from Holland and the wickets continued to tumble.
The next five batsmen to head back to the dressing room failed to make double figures.
Among those batsmen included the in-form allrounder Moises Henriques (1) and recent Australian Test debutant Kurtis Patterson (9).
It was the 10th five-wicket haul for Holland in First Class cricket. Australian Test seamer Peter Siddle also took 2-19 from 10 overs.
Siddle was one of two changes made to the Victorian squad for the round nine Sheffield Shield fixture.
Paceman James Pattinson (0-23) returned from injury for his first Shield fixture since the Big Bash League break over the Christmas and New Year period.
Siddle and Pattinson came in for quicks Chris Tremain and Andrew Fekete.
Left-arm quick Greg West replaced Abbott in the eleven for the Blues.