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Shield draw enough for Bushrangers

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Andrew Drummond

Victoria remain undefeated to start their Sheffield Shield season and according to skipper Peter Handscomb, a draw is exactly the result they were playing for at the end.

When play stopped with just 4.5 overs left to play Dan Christian was unbeaten on 79 and Jon Holland was one not out with the Bushrangers at 8-319 needing another 42 runs for victory.

"We were still quite close toward the end," Handscomb said.

"We're four wins, one draw for the season now so the boys are feeling good and feeling happy.

"We're at the top of the table and feeling comfortable and if we can start well after Big Bash, after the break, get a couple of wins there and hopefully cement a spot in the final."

In less pleasing news for the Bushrangers, an injury cloud hangs over valuable allrounder John Hastings, who limped from Bellerive Oval with a knee complaint on day two and didn't return to play.

'The Duke', signed to Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Stars, was seen hobbling around the sideline on days three and four with a heavily bandaged right leg.

The Victorian camp has remained tight-lipped about his prognosis.

"I don't know what's going on," Handscomb said of his teammate.

"He was going to come out and bat there at the end, albeit with a knee brace on."

Handscomb, who now joins the Aussie Test squad, produced 17 and 30 across two innings in Hobart.

Christian boasted 93 and 79 and took 2-61 in Tassie's second innings.

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