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Cricket news - Fiery Pattinson leads Victoria to Shield title

Victoria have won four of the last five Sheffield Shield championships.

James Pattinson and Scott Boland shared seven spoils between them to power Victoria to their 32nd Sheffield Shield title in Melbourne. New South Wales could muster only 210 in their second innings as they slipped to a 177-run loss.

While chasing down a massive target of 388, NSW suffered the initial blow when Nick Larkin eked out a slight inside edge on his drive and was cleaned up. At that stage, the pair of Daniel Hughes (41) and Kurtis Patterson (76) dug in to paddle through the early storm. Patterson, in particular, looked in fine touch, capsulised by the glorious cover drive he cracked in the 20th over of the innings.

The duo even stitched a stand of 120 to put some pressure back on Victoria's bowlers. However, Peter Siddle, the experienced pacer, prised out Patterson via the caught and bowled dismissal to turn the tables on NSW. The hosts would have breathed a sigh of relief as the southpaw batsman, earlier in his innings, was put down in the slip cordon. Patterson and Boland took over from the senior colleague to burst through the middle and lower order as NSW lost seven wickets for just 48 runs. Pattinson bowled with fire and aggression and found movement in the air and off the pitch to finish with seven wickets for the match.

Earlier, Trent Copeland continued to peg away and ended up with three scalps to ensure Victoria were cleaned up for 219. Copeland finished the season with a rich haul of 52 wickets. Sean Abbott also made an impact by taking four scalps.

Marcus Harris also played a pivotal role in the home team's win with a 229-ball 141 in the first essay. Victoria have won four of the last five Sheffield Shield championships. Meanwhile, NSW would have to wait a year longer as they look to win their first Shield title since 2013-14.

Brief scores: Victoria 289 (Marcus Harris 141; Trent Copeland 5-74) and 219 (Will Pucovski 51; Sean Abbott 4-82) beat New South Wales 121 (Mosies Henriques 35; Peter Siddle 5-28, James Pattinson 3-30) and 210 (Kurtis Patterson 76; James Pattinson 4-41) by 177 runs.

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