Brayden Stepien fell just 10 runs short of a century on debut in Victoria's second XI clash with South Australia at the Junction Oval.
Resuming on one not out after a rain-interrupted first day, Stepien held the Victoria innings together and looked set to reach three figures until he edged a ball down leg-side and was caught behind for 90.
The left-hander from White Hills faced 156 balls and hit 11 fours and two sixes.
After coming to the crease at 2-44, Stepien was the ninth batsman dismissed with the score on 193.
His Carlton team-mate Xavier Crone was at the crease with Stepien when he was dimissed.
Crone (10) and another first-gamer - Sandhurst premiership player - Todd Murphy (nine not out) then added 15 for the final wicket as Victoria finished all out for 208.
By stumps on day two of the four-day game, South Australia had advanced to 2-117 off 58 overs.
Off-spinner Murphy didn't look out of place as he bowled 13 tidy overs for 28 runs. Crone had figures of 0-19 off nine overs.
Stepien rounded off a good day by taking one catch.
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