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New South Wales took control of the first day of their Sheffield Shield match against Victoria yesterday with the spin duo, Greg Matthews and David Freedman, sharing seven wickets. Matthews took 4 for 52 as Victoria slumped to 158 all out, while Freedman gave valuable support to finish with 3 for 19. At close of play New South Wales were 59 for 1, 99 runs in arrears, with Mark Taylor unbeaten on 21 alongside nightwatchman Phil Emery on eight.

SHEFFIELD SHIELD (first day of four) Melbourne: Victoria 158 (M Elliot 53, G Matthews 4-52); New South Wales 59 for 1.