Quick Boland helps Victoria to Shield win

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In-form paceman Scott Boland has further pressed his case for Ashes selection after powering Victoria to a 174-run Sheffield Shield win over NSW.

Boland (5-56) claimed the final two wickets of the match at the MCG on Monday to give Victoria a second straight victory to begin the season.

The 32-year-old grabbed his seventh first-class five-wicket haul to finish with match figures of 8-89, doing it front of new Australian selector Tony Dodemaide, who was watching on from the stands.

It follows up Boland's outstanding match haul of 7-73 in the season-opening win over NSW in Sydney last week.

He now has 15 wickets at an average of 10.8 to start the summer to put him in serious contention for a call-up ahead of the Ashes.

Victoria captain Peter Handscomb has no doubt his improving quick is ready for selection in Australia's Test squad.

Boland has played 14 ODIs and three Twenty20s for Australia, but has never worn the baggy green.

"He's been doing this for five, six years - it's nothing new," Handscomb said.

"It's incredible bowling and the figures speak for themselves.

"I'd love to see him have a crack at that next level, and if that moment does come, I'm sure he's going to grab it with both hands and show Australia what he can do.

"Every ball he did bowl (this match) had a really good question on it, asking the batter whether to play or leave.

"He's just doing great stuff and that's a great audition for him."

Victoria secured the outright win later than expected, largely thanks to a heroic unbeaten 89 from NSW opener Daniel Hughes.

He saw off 319 balls to carry his bat, watching on from the non-strikers end when Boland trapped injured Blues veteran Trent Copeland lbw with less than an hour remaining in the match.

Victoria's pace attack had to fight hard, with recently retired international quick James Pattinson (1-67) enduring a frustrating day.

Pattinson should have Hughes dismissed before lunch, but the tearaway quick overstepped on a ball that popped up to short-leg.

At one point, Pattinson threw a ball back in anger towards the stumps and hit Hughes flush on his foot.

"He's a fiery boy, old Patto," Handscomb said.

"We had a little quiet chat, the umpires and myself, just to see what they were thinking, but we'll move on."

Victoria controlled the match and declared in both of their innings, with Handscomb and Matt Short both hitting scores of 90 on Sunday to put them in an unbeatable position.

While Boland enhanced his case for higher honours, incumbent Australian Test opener Marcus Harris fell for a duck in Victoria's second innings after scoring just one run in the first innings.

It was a nightmare match for the 29-year-old, who was coming off a gutsy second-innings century against NSW in Sydney last month.

But Harris has been out for single figures three times in four first-class knocks this season.

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