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Dean, Harris lead Victoria into Sheffield Shield final

Travis Dean smashed a 68-ball hundred Getty Images

Victoria 286 (Pucovski 82, Gotch 63, Short 56, Sayers 3-60, Winter 3-80) and 3 for 167 (Harris 65, Dean 61) beat South Australia 260 (Head 67, Andrews 59, Tremain 3-38, Pattinson 3-52) and 192 (Davis 52, Tremain 4-34) by seven wickets

Victoria's captain Travis Dean made his first half-century since December as the visitors rumbled over South Australia at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide to enter Thursday's Sheffield Shield final against New South Wales with plenty of confidence.

Needing 167 to win the Victorians were well served by Dean and the prolific Marcus Harris, one of two batsmen alongside Matthew Wade to pass 1000 runs for the Shield season, who added 130 before being separated to essentially put the result beyond doubt.

The left-arm spinner Tom Andrews found a way past both Dean and Harris, while Luke Robins managed to zip past Will Pucovski for a duck, but Victoria were soon celebrating their sixth outright victory of the season by seven wickets, also consigning the Redbacks to last place on the table by a considerable margin.

Victoria 4th innings Partnerships

1st130TJ DeanMS Harris
2nd1TJ DeanWJ Pucovski
3rd4TJ DeanSE Gotch
4th32SE GotchMW Short