SA hold on for Shield draw with Victoria

Glenn Cullen
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Travis Head led by example - and this time his teammates followed - as South Australia clung on for a surprise Sheffield Shield draw with Victoria.

In a match that will ultimately be remembered for the record-breaking partnership of Will Pucovski and Marcus Harris, SA dug in on day four to finish at 8-384.

Leading by 20 runs and with a result unlikely, an early close was called at ACH Group Stadium.

Daniel Worrall (17) and Wes Agar (7) were the not out batsmen for SA.

Mainstay Head (151) had mounted yet another rearguard for the struggling Redbacks before being caught in close by Peter Handscomb off the bowling of Jon Holland (1-96).

It left SA five wickets down and when Harry Nielsen (43) and Liam Scott (61) were dismissed it was advantage Victoria with SA at 7-338.

Lion-hearted quick Scott Boland (6-61 from 33 overs) did his best but the Bushrangers looked short a quality spinner to clean up the tail.

Earlier on Monday, Henry Hunt (80) dug in for much of the first session with Head, who now seems assured of a Test spot after backing up from his unbeaten 171 that saved the game against Tasmania.

Pucovski and Harris also put their names up in lights with double centuries in an extraordinary 486-run stand that eclipsed Steve and Mark Waugh's 1990 mark for NSW.