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Harris, Siddle crush NSW as Victoria bag Sheffield Shield title
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Harris, Siddle crush NSW as Victoria bag Sheffield Shield title

Marcus Harris and Peter Siddle led Victoria to a thumping 177-run victory over New South Wales to claim their 32nd Sheffield Shield title on Sunday.

The Victorians were in control from day one at the Junction Oval in Melbourne when Australian Test opener Marcus Harris struck 141 to lead his side to 289.

In reply, NSW could only muster 121, with Peter Siddle making a strong case for his selection in Australia's Ashes squad by claiming five for 28.

Victoria, who have won four of last five Shield titles, scored 219 in their second innings with batting prodigy Will Pucovski top-scoring with 51, before NSW were knocked over for 210 in the run chase.

James Pattinson, did most of the damage with his four for 41.

"We had the majority of the dominance through the game and we knew we could be better for longer," said Victoria skipper Travis Dean.

"We're a strong group, most of us have been together for four years, It's something we wanted to do desperately at the start of the year."

Victorian great Shane Warne was one of the first to offer congratulations.

"Congrats to the mighty Vics on beating our own enemy NSW .. just awesome -- proud Victorian right now," he tweeted.

Marcus Harris finished as the 2018/19 domestic competition's leading run scorer with 1,188 runs.

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