Cricket GOAT’s insane milestone in vain

Nathan Lyon has broken through a massive milestone but it’s not the one he was hoping to bring up at the SCG this summer.

Nathan Lyon has brought up his 600th first-class wicket in an incredible performance for NSW but it wasn’t enough in a four-wicket defeat to Victoria.

After taking 6/21 in the first innings, Lyon added four more in the second innings but while he made inroads, the NSW quicks didn’t offer too much help.

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Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood took one wicket each for the match, with Starc’s coming just before the winning runs were hit by young gun Jake Fraser-McGuirk.

But the 10-wicket haul was enough for Lyon to bring up his 600th dismissal when former Test player Nic Maddinson chipped a ball to Nic Larkin, at which point Victoria still needed just over 50 runs to win.

It adds to the record of Lyon, who is the most prolific wicket taking off-spinner for Australia in Test matches, a record that saw him nicknamed the GOAT.

Jake Fraser-McGuirk and James Pattinson took their time and guided the Bushrangers home with a day to spare.

Lyon’s performance also saw him bring up his 200th wicket in domestic cricket, having taken 399 Test scalps for Australia.

NSW were behind the eight-ball from day one when it was bowled out for 165 and staring down an innings defeat with Victoria at 2/152.

Lyon then struck, orchestrating a collapse of 8/48 as Victoria took a 35-run lead.

After Lyon only took just nine wickets in the Test series against India, he over beat his series tally in the one game.

Lyon Test output saw him targeted by Shane Warne in commentary.

After the first innings, Lyon siad that the wicket was easier to bowl on than the one used in the Sydney Test.

“It was nice to get out here and find some nice rhythm,” Lyon said.

“It did happen pretty quickly.

“But that can happen on these type of wickets. It’s a pretty good contest between bat and ball, so a lot better than the Test wicket.”

In the second innings, NSW were in a mountain of trouble at 8/91 but Sean Abbott blasted 73 off 75 balls including five fours and six sixes to push NSW to 175 — a lead of 140.

While Victoria had some stumbles, the side was able to get home for the four wicket win, its first win of the season.

It continues a daunting record for Victoria, who have defeated the Blues in the last eight matches between the sides, with this result particularly stunning in a match featuring a big chunk of the Australian bowling attack.

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