Nevill notches rare Shield ton for NSW

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Peter Nevill will become the fourth player in history to reach a century of Sheffield Shield appearances for NSW when he lines up in the clash with Victoria.

The Blues are still searching for their first win of the season and will be out for revenge in the SCG contest, starting on Friday, having lost twice to Victoria already.

The teams will meet for the third time after a delayed start to the season, with the schedule impacted by border closures.

Nevill joins Greg Matthews (116), Phil Emery (109) and Geoff Lawson (103) in reaching 100 appearances for NSW.

Former skipper Nevill is the most-capped NSW captain in history, having led the state in 43 Shield fixtures and is in its top-10 run-scorers with 5064 at an average of 39.87.

The 36-year-old has also taken a record 305 catches for NSW.

"It's a bit of a double-edged sword because I probably didn't play for Australia as much as I would've liked, and thus been available to play for the Blues a bit more," the 17-Test wicketkeeper said.

"But I'm still very proud of the achievement and it doesn't diminish it.

"I'd really love to win, to be honest. It would really make it a special game."

NSW haven't beaten Victoria since 2017.

Both sides have lost players to national duty, with Nathan Lyon and Sean Abbott unavailable for NSW and Victorian trio Marcus Harris, Nic Maddinson and Scott Boland ruled out.

The Blues have also lost Liam Hatcher (back) and Trent Copeland (calf) to injury.

There are potential debutants on both sides, with allrounder Hayden Kerr (NSW) and pace duo Brody Couch and Xavier Crone (both Victoria) named in their respective squads.

Fiery quick James Pattinson is available for Victoria after serving his one-match suspension during the washed-out one-dayer in Melbourne last week.

Pattinson was banned for throwing a ball at NSW opener Daniel Hughes during the Shield clash at the MCG earlier this month.

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