Cricket: Pucovski and Maxwell return to MCG to watch Victoria

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Age shall not weary Peter Siddle who showed on Sunday night that he remains a class above most in domestic cricket.

Eight days from his 35th birthday, and three days after being dropped from Australia's Test squad, the veteran quick took 3-40 from his 10 overs, leading Victoria to a narrow six-run win against NSW at the MCG.

Keeping pace: Veteran Peter Siddle continues to shine with the ball.

Keeping pace: Veteran Peter Siddle continues to shine with the ball.Credit:Getty Images

Players at both ends of the career spectrum performed for the Vics, with Jake Fraser-McGurk - who is barely half Siddle's age - continuing his impressive initiation into state cricket with a half-century earlier in the day.

But Sunday's win is unlikely to be enough for Victoria, who will need an enormous loss to Queensland against Tasmania on Monday and a massive victory against South Australia at the MCG on Tuesday to qualify for the Marsh Cup final.

Set 266 to win, the Blues were steered by Daniel Hughes (83 from 85 balls) and Moises Henriques (98 from 111) but didn't have enough other contributors with the bat.

Siddle removed Jack Edwards (18), Jason Sangha (nine) and Peter Nevill (four) in a match-turning performance.

Off-spinner Matt Short completed an excellent all-round showing with 2-21 from six overs after earlier making 88 from 85 balls.

NSW had looked on their way to victory at 1-143 in the 26th over before Short and Siddle changed the course of the match with the ball.

Screamer: Will Sutherland takes a diving catch for Victoria at the MCG.

Screamer: Will Sutherland takes a diving catch for Victoria at the MCG.Credit:Getty Images

The Vics had some excellent moments in the field too.

Andrew Fekete ran out Matt Gilkes for four while youngster Will Sutherland took an outstanding leaping catch moving with the flight of the ball to send Daniel Sams on his way, giving Xavier Crone his first wicket of the night.

Sutherland denied Henriques a century by bowling the all-rounder from the last ball of the 49th over, before taking a catch in the deep off Fekete's bowling to seal the match off the penultimate ball of the 50th over. Sutherland almost collided with Fraser-McGurk but clung on to remove Liam Hatcher.

Earlier, the appearance of Will Pucovski and Glenn Maxwell, brightened up a chilly MCG afternoon.

The Vics were bowled out for 265 in the 50th over after winning the toss and electing to bat against the Blues.

Aggressive right-hander Fraser-McGurk again turned heads, making 54 from 49 deliveries in his List A debut, having made a half-century in his first-class debut for Victoria last week.

Taking the long handle: Jake Fraser-McGurk on his way to a half-century for Victoria in the Marsh Cup clash against NSW at the MCG.

Taking the long handle: Jake Fraser-McGurk on his way to a half-century for Victoria in the Marsh Cup clash against NSW at the MCG.Credit:Getty Images

In his first innings since being dropped from the Australian Test side, Marcus Harris (44 from 38) briefly fired before being caught at backward point from a Daniel Sams short ball.

All-rounder Sams took 5-46 from his 10-over allotment, his best figures in professional cricket. His victims included Australian white-ball captain Aaron Finch, whose frustrating knock of 11 from 30 balls ended with a meek prod to extra cover.

Pucovski and Maxwell - both of whom are taking indefinite breaks from the game because of mental health reasons - sat in the Victorian team's viewing area their side batted.

Will Pucovski (back left) and Glenn Maxwell (centre) support their Victorian teammates at the MCG on Sunday.

Will Pucovski (back left) and Glenn Maxwell (centre) support their Victorian teammates at the MCG on Sunday. Credit:Getty Images

Young batting gun Pucovski last week ruled himself out of national selection for the Test series against Pakistan citing mental health reasons. It is Pucovski's third such break from the game in little over a year.

Australian all-rounder Maxwell meanwhile withdrew from the national squad during the recent Twenty20 international series against Sri Lanka, as he too dealt with mental health concerns after an exhausting travel and playing schedule this year.

Fellow Victorian batsman Nic Maddinson also pulled out of the recent Australia A match against Pakistan in Perth because of mental health issues.

Pucovski took to Instagram on Saturday to thanks those who had expressed good wishes towards him.

"Just wanted to say thank you for all the messages of support over the past few days. There are always going to be ups and downs in professional sport, and I’m looking forward to being back soon," Pucovski said.

"I'm very grateful and appreciative to have so many great people in my life."