South Australia v NSW, KFC Big Bash final, Adelaide February 5, 2011

Borgas and Harris end South Australia's drought


South Australia 2 for 155 (Borgas 62*, Harris 48*) beat New South Wales 8 for 153 (Smith 43, Henriques 41, Richardson 3-31) by 8 wickets
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South Australia's 15-year trophy drought ended with a bang at Adelaide Oval, where Cameron Borgas and Daniel Harris drove the Redbacks to an eight-wicket win in the Big Bash final against New South Wales. For most of the day it was a tight contest, but in the last few overs Borgas and Harris cut loose and the end came in a rush, with the Redbacks getting home with 15 balls to spare.

The winning runs arrived when Borgas edged away to the third-man boundary off Patrick Cummins, and the South Australia players streamed on to the field to celebrate the state's first title in any format since the 1995-96 Sheffield Shield. Back then, Jamie Siddons, Tim Nielsen and James Brayshaw were part of the side, and Borgas was 12 years old.

And in a South Australian outfit featuring seven players imported from other states or abroad, it was fitting that it was two homegrown talents - Borgas and Harris - who completed the win after another South Australia-born player, Kane Richardson, took three wickets. New South Wales won the toss and batted, but Richardson helped restrict them to 8 for 153, which looked like a middling total rather than an imposing one.

By the time South Australia's captain Michael Klinger had cracked 30 from 18 deliveries, including a hook for six off Scott Coyte, the chase was well and truly on target. Coyte had his revenge by bowling Klinger with a yorker and Aiden Blizzard was bowled for 6 shortly afterwards when he tried to sweep a fullish ball from Dominic Thornely, but they were the only two breakthroughs the Blues managed.

Borgas and Harris came together at 2 for 55, needing 99 more to see their side home from 75 deliveries, and they paced their partnership to perfection. The pair began by knocking around singles and twos, running hard and ensuring the required run-rate didn't balloon too much, and then one big over put them firmly in command.

The medium-fast bowler Coyte was coming off a short run-up and Borgas exploited his lack of bounce brilliantly, scooping a pair of slog-swept sixes over midwicket in an over that cost 17 runs. From there, the task sat around a run a ball, until the end came with a flurry. Borgas finished unbeaten on 62 from 39 and Harris had 48 from 39, including two sixes, and he was also the tournament's leading run scorer.

The man who came second on that tally was David Warner, upon whose stocky shoulders the Blues' hopes rested. He started the day in encouraging style, slog-sweeping Adil Rashid on to the roof in the third over, but he fell for 21 when Richardson bowled him with a fuller delivery that Warner tried to send into orbit.

From there, the Blues struggled to gather any real momentum, although Daniel Smith (43 off 35) and Moises Henriques (41) made useful contributions. But they battled to dominate a South Australia attack that, as it had throughout most of its five wins from six games in the preliminary rounds, relied on a triple-pronged spin attack that took the pace off the ball.

A couple of balls from the offspinner Nathan Lyon were deposited over the long-on boundary by Smith, but Aaron O'Brien's left-armers were hard to get away, and his first over was one of only three maidens bowled throughout the tournament. The wickets earned by Richardson (3 for 31) were also useful, as he helped prevent any late surge from the lower-order.

And by restricting New South Wales to 153, the hosts ensured that South Australia's name will be etched on to a piece of silverware. By next year, the competition will be almost unrecognisable, with eight city-based teams and players spread across the country, some away from their home states. After this final, you can guarantee a few sides will be interested in Borgas and Harris.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on February 6, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    @ponting_will_rise - as you can see now Bracken is retired, but there is also Starc, Hazlewood & Hauritz (a QLDer), & Henriques who all have International Short Format exposure. Players like Krezja, Cooper, Lyon (maybe ACT), Christian, O'Brien, Drew & Cowan are all Ex-NSW players looking for a go elsewhere! @ryan2007 - for sure. Some of those boys will be greats I am sure of it. Great work Sth Oz, you guys were the best T20 side all summer.

  • Ryan on February 6, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Australia sure does have a lot of decent young bowlers around 20 or younger coming through... Hazlewood, Starc, Richardson, Cummins, Abbott, the young Qlders, Pattinson, Faulkner and others. An embarrassment of riches really.

  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    Fantastic effort SA, Daniel HARRIS you are our unsung hero, brilliant at the top, a great effort topping the batting aggregrate. Cam Borgas, finally that potential has been realised, now young man, take it into the ODI's and Shield. You can play for OZ. Young Lyon, you showed magnificent poise under fire, all series, including the final, to see a spinner flight the ball is so refreshing. I think you are now someone the Oz selectors must consider. Finally to NSW, a champion team will always beat a team of champions. I think Messrs. Smith and Warner, what goes around, comes around, didn't like the histrionics in the prelim against Tassie. You are all Aussie players, play the game in the right spirit. Be competitive, be aggressive with bat and ball, but keep the self indulgent, ego driven rants in the locker room. Patrick CUMMINS you are the future, but, no more than Kane Richardson, who outbowled you in the final. Anyway, go the Redbacks, you good things. VERY PROUD SOUTH AUSSIE!!!!!!

  • Scott on February 5, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    ponting_will_rise: Nathan Bracken is retired now.

  • Alexander on February 5, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Congratulations!! SA WINS!! Great game!

  • ZCF on February 5, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    By the way it gets even better for NSW! I forgot Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken. Whom do you leave out!!!

  • ZCF on February 5, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Hi guys. Zim fan here looking forward to the WC. Great to see NSW being outdone. I just took a moment to go through the NSW side: 1Jaques; 2hughes; 3katich; 4clarke; 5watson; 6khawaja; 7haddin; 8spd simth; 9o'keefe; 10bollinger; 11clark. U guys have got such a great side Kinda like Bill Gates's wealth compared to the GDP of most nations. How could Aus lose the ashes with such powerpacked state sides!!! Surely CA can find room for Jaques in the test side, perhaps in Simith's No.6 position.

  • Trey on February 5, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    YOU BEWDIE!!! After 15 yrs that was a sweet win, especially done in such a convincing manner. Well done to all the boys, thought there were a few nerves out there in the field but to bring it home like that was fantastic. Now I've got something to cheer about this summer!

  • John on February 5, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    So many future stars in the two lineups. Great game and a great win by SA. Now they need to lift their game in the ODD and Shield. Good luck boys!

  • Lindzee on February 5, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Richardson, 'locally-raised player' played all his juniors and 90% of his junior rep for the NT. Great to see him bowl gas and get big wickets though hope he keeps going well.

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