Victoria’s in-form batsman endued a tough outing with some disciplined Western Australia bowling at Junction Oval.
The hosts were bowled out for 200 after just 45.4 overs in a match between the early frontrunners in the domestic one-day cup competition.
Peter Handscomb was the mainstay of the innings, with his half-century saving Victoria from complete disaster.
Test discard Handscomb continued his recent solid form in compiling a patient 57 from 81 balls after Victoria had been reduced to 2-11.
Among the WA bowlers to impress was leg-pinner Usman Qadir, son of Pakistan great Abdul, who shone on debut with his turn and bounce to return 3-50.
Andrew Tye claimed the best figures taking 3-47, including the wickets of Handscomb and danger man Glenn Maxwell (15 off 21 balls), both caught on the boundary.
Weekend century-maker Cameron White (19), fellow opener Marcus Harris (two) and Nic Maddinson (one) were all back in the pavilion inside the opening half-hour as the Vics failed to make the most of winning the toss and batting first on a good track.
Victoria were eight wickets down in the 37th over but wicketkeeper Seb Gotch (43 off 65) batted judiciously to ensure his side went close to batting through their allotted overs.