NSW Metro have claimed two wickets late on the second day of its round 10 Toyota Futures League match against Victoria at Ringwood Oval in Melbourne on Tuesday.
On a day interrupted by rain, Victoria finished at 4/208 trailing NSW Metro by 52 runs. However, the hosts could have been in a stronger position, but for the loss of opening batsman Eamonn Vines (64) and Will Sutherland (2) shortly before stumps.
After Vines shared a 116-run partnership with Edward Newman, the opener was dismissed with the score on 178. Promising allrounder Sutherland soon followed when he was bowled by NSW Blues leg-spinner Daniel Fallins (1-50) and Victoria was 4/181 in the 70th of 77 overs bowled by Metro.
Due to injury, Newman retired on 58 from 149 balls. Blues fast bowler Harry Conway was the best of the bowlers for NSW Metro on day two. He returned 2-37 from 17 overs.
Vines had been the anchor for Victoria throughout the second day having spent 187 balls, and almost five hours, at the crease.
His partnership with Newman was broken by Sydney Sixers and Blues paceman Henry Thornton (1-39). Vines was caught behind by Blues skipper and Metro captain Peter Nevill.
Victoria resumed day two at 0/5 and lost its first wicket before the total reached double figures.
The hosts were 1/8, when Conway bowled James Seymour for 3, then recovered through Vines and Adelaide Strikers batsman Matt Short.
The pair added 54 for the second wicket before Conway struck again removing Short for 31 from 52 balls.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Patrick Rowe (14 not out) and Xavier Crone (13 not out) were the unbeaten batsmen at stumps.