Boland quickly in the groove to earn Victoria healthy advantage

Will Sutherland continued his fine match with four wickets while Travis Head and Alex Carey were in the runs

Victoria 310 (Sutherland 100, Harris 85, Grant 4-82) and 0 for 6 lead South Australia 230 (Head 76, Carey 70, Sutherland 4-45, Boland 4-60) by 86 runs

Test cult figure Scott Boland looks set to maintain momentum from last season after taking a wicket with his second ball of the first-class season.

Boland was a key figure as he led Victoria to a position of dominance at the midway point of the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Adelaide.

Victoria ended a rain-impacted day two at Karen Rolton Oval with a lead of 86 runs after dismissing South Australia for 230 late in the day.

Boland picked up three top-order scalps in a haul of 4 for 60, while Will Sutherland made headway through the middle and lower order for figures of 4 for 45.

SA captain Travis Head and wicketkeeper Alex Carey kept the innings together with the Test pair both contributing half-centuries. Head made 76 in a 136-ball knock, while Carey’s 70 came from 102 deliveries in an 87-run stand for the fifth wicket.

It was a much-needed recovery for the home side who were left reeling at 3 for 30 after Boland’s early impact.

Boland squared up reliable opener Jake Weatherald in the second ball of the innings to offer a simple catch at gully. The Test quick had figures of 3 for 24 from 12 overs having also knocked over Henry Hunt and Jake Carder in his opening spell.

Allrounder Sutherland collected the other top-order wicket to fall by dismissing Jake Lehmann for 28. It was another successful day for Sutherland who hit his maiden first-class century on day one.

Boland even inflicted pain on South Australia with the bat adding 50 for the last wicket in concert with No. 11 Jon Holland.

Victoria resumed at 9 for 264 but Boland (24 not out) and Holland (28) lifted the visitors to 310. SA paceman David Grant eventually ended the home side’s pain, collecting his side’s best figures in the process.

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