The NSW Blues trail Victoria by 230 runs at stumps on day two of their Marsh Sheffield Shield fixture against Victoria at the SCG.
In his first match back for the Blues from injury, Kurtis Patterson (54), and Moises Henriques (49) shared a 102-run partnership to help the Blues to 4/201 at close of play.
Victoria earlier declared at 7/431, on the stroke of lunch, highlighted by an unbeaten century to wicketkeeper-batsman Seb Gotch.
It was the Victorian’s maiden First Class century and he finished 100 not out from 241 balls. Victoria resumed day two at 5/318.
Blues captain Peter Nevill (17 not out) and NSW debutant this season Daniel Solway (15 not out) are the unbeaten batsmen at stumps.
Patterson became the maiden First Class wicket for Victorian debutant leg-spinner Wil Parker (2-29) when deceived in flight and caught behind. He was closely followed by Henriques in the very next over by Parker, becoming the tweaker’s second wicket.
Both Patterson and Henriques showed patience and poise to guide the Blues into calmer waters after the loss of both openers Nick Larkin (21) and Daniel Hughes (31) before reaching 100.
Australia’s most successful Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon was one of two multiple wicket takers for the Blues in the first innings. He claimed 3-113 while fellow spinner Stephen O’Keefe took his First Class career tally to 301 wickets returning 2-69 from 25 overs.