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Pattinson strikes back

James Pattinson has made a successful return from injury claiming three wickets on the first day of Victoria's Futures League match against South Australia at Gliderol Stadium.

The Australian paceman bowled with the venom that has yielded him 25 wickets in four Tests, delivering fast outswing that dismissed Daniel Harris in third over of the day and Cameron Borgas and Tim Davey is consecutive balls after the lunch break.

In the same over that he grabbed the scalps of Borgas and Davey; Pattinson (3-25) also forced Alex Ross to retire hurt when he hit him on the elbow.

Victorian coach Shawn Flegler said that they had to hold Pattinson back.

"He was happy to get through and wanted to bowl more but we stuck to our plan of easing him into it with just the 10 overs," Flegler said.

"He bowled with good rythym and pace and we will be looking for him to bowl another 10 overs in the second innings."

The rest of Victoria's bowlers struggled to match Pattinson's output as they struggled to contain James Smith who complied 158 from 211 balls.

Once Clive Rose (1-55) took the wicket of Smith, Victoria was able to finish the innings quickly, grabbing 4-15, and with Ross unable to return to the crease, South Australia posted 295.

"Scotty Boland (2-40) came back and bowled a good spell after being a bit unlucky in the middle session," Flegler said.

Victoria faced eight overs before the end of play and lost David King in the penultimate over of the day for six.

"I thought King was a bit unlucky to be given out LBW but today will be a good opportunity for our batsmen," Flegler said.

"If we can negotiate the first hour the pitch should be its best to bat on later today."

When play resumes at 12.00pm, Victoria will be 1-15 with Tom Donnell unbeaten on nine and Clive Rose yet to get off the mark.


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