Victoria has been humbled in the Sheffield Shield at Allan Border Field after being bowled out for just 63 runs against Queensland.
Knowing they were up against the two in-form bowlers in the Sheffield Shield, Victoria offered little fight against Michael Neser and Mark Steketee as the duo ran through a hapless line-up to leave them 8-47 heading into lunch.
Onoy Ashley Chandrasinghe (14no off 69 balls) offered a fight against the in-form attack but couldn't last much longer as Steketee (5-18 off 11 overs) and Neser (4—22 off 12.4) finished off the resistance.
Steketee and Neser entered the clash as the leading wicket-takers this season, and their reputations were further enhanced following a magical morning session on Thursday.
Victoria's decision to bat first on the green-tinged deck proved disastrous, with the visitors reduced to 2-0 and 5-13.
At that stage, Victoria were in danger of recording their lowest-ever Shield total - beating the 31 posted against NSW in 1907.
Victoria were eventually bowled out after lunch for 63.
This marks Victoria's lowest total since 1975, which also happened to be against Queensland.
The cricket world was full of plaudits for Steketee and Neser after yet anther demolition job in Queensland.
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) November 10, 2022
Scenes at AB Field. Vics all out 63.
Queensland boasting the top two #SheffieldShield wicket-takers so far this summer:
Steketee | 22 @ 13.40, SR 30
Neser | 19 @ 12.42, SR 33.6
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) November 10, 2022
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) November 10, 2022
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) November 10, 2022
— Josh Schönafinger (@joshschon) November 10, 2022
— Michael Bell (@disirregardless) November 10, 2022
Steketee and Neser seliver in Sheffield Shield
Neser started the carnage by bowling Travis Dean for a duck with the third ball of the day.
The in-form Marcus Harris followed soon after in embarrassing fashion, with the ball hitting the back of his bat and ballooning to Marnus Labuschagne at cover.
Peter Handscomb entered the match with 518 runs to his name this season at an average of 172.7.
But he was out for five when he was trapped lbw by Neser, leaving Victoria rocking at 3-5.
Alarm bells were ringing ever louder when Nic Maddinson and Sam Harper fell cheaply to leave the Bushrangers at 5-13 after nine overs.
The wickets continued to tumble, with only Chandrasinghe able to offer any real resistance.
Amazingly, the damage could have been even worse for the Bushrangers.
Harper was lucky to survive a strong lbw shout when he shouldered arms to a Steketee delivery that reared back in to the stumps.
The Bulls also dropped two catches - both off the bowling of Neser.
Neser would have had figures of 4-4 had Usman Khawaja held onto a sharp chance at third slip when Will Sutherland was yet to score.
The star paceman then watched on in agony as another chance went begging - this time when Khawaja and Joe Burns clattered at slip to drop a Mitchell Perry edge.
Despite those near misses, the Bulls went to the lunch break full of momentum following one of their greatest-ever Shield sessions.
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