Posted: 18 November, 2016
by Cricket Newsroom/AAP
Peter Handscomb DOMINATES At The SCG
What an effort!
You could say Victorian batsman Peter Handscomb has nailed his timing...
Just as the Australian Test team is desperate for someone to announce themselves as a candidate for their batting lineup, the 25-year old has delivered his best ever first class innings.
Handscomb brought up the 200 against New South Wales off 341 balls with a strike rate of 59.53.
Peter Handscomb chiselled out his highest first-class score, but there was disappointment for other Test aspirants Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell on day two of the Sheffield Shield cricket match at the SCG on Friday.
Victoria found it tougher going than on day one, losing 3-69 in the opening session against a persistent NSW attack spearheaded by Doug Bollinger (2-48).
Handscomb (144) however continued to defy the Blues attack and by lunch had batted for 363 minutes, facing 271 balls and striking 16 fours and a six as Victoria advanced to 5-361.
Resuming on 110, Handscomb eclipsed his previous best of 137 made against Queensland at the MCG last season.
Bollinger bowled Travis Dean (134) off the third ball of the day without any addition to the opener and team's overnight score of 2-292.
The 35-year-old left arm speedster produced a lively four-over opening spell, conceding just two runs and beating Wade outside off stump on four occasions.
Victorian captain Wade (6 off 28) perished when he struck a delivery from steady seamer Trent Copeland (2-64) to short extra cover.
Renowned fast scorer Maxwell (10 off 32) also found the going tough, his only four coming off his 31st ball off a streaky inside edge off Bollinger.
The veteran quick got his revenge with his next ball, which Maxwell tickled through to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.
Spinners Steve O'Keefe (1-74) and Nathan Lyon (0-105) weren't used until the second hour, but neither was able to get among the wickets.
Handscomb and Cameron White (17) had added 27 for the sixth wicket by lunch.