Matthew Short has smashed 94 runs from 184 balls to dig Victoria out of a huge hole in its Sheffield Shield clash with New South Wales.
Short came to the crease with Victoria 2-16 and looking shaky as Pat Cummins and Trent Copeland put it on the back foot.
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The 25-year-old was able to steady the innings and carry his side to a respectable total of 190.
He hit 12 fours before he was dismissed, caught behind off Harry Conway's bowling.
His highest scoring partner, Will Sutherland, made just 22.
The performance continues a rich run of form since he returned from the Adelaide Strikers camp following the Big Bash League season.
Short top scored for Victoria with 67 runs in its 59 run loss to New South Wales in the Marsh Cup.
He backed it up with 30 runs in the first innings and 17 runs in the second as Victoria claimed a four-wicket win over the Blues in the Sheffield Shield.
Short will be aiming for another strong display with the bat in the second innings to set up back-to-back wins for Victoria.
It currently sits fourth on the ladder at 1-2. A win in the current fixture with New South Wales could see Victoria leap-frog Western Australia and jump to third position.
The side then return home to play Tasmania at the MCG, the four-day game kicking off at 10:30am on March 5.
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