New South Wales v Victoria, Pura Cup, SCG, 4th day March 13, 2005

Blues coast to five-wicket win

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 292 and 5 for 228 (Jaques 78) beat Victoria 169 and 347 by 5 wickets

New South Wales moved to second place in the Pura Cup table with a comfortable five-wicket win against Victoria at Sydney. Resuming from their overnight total of 3 for 129, the Blues reached their victory target of 225 losing only two more wickets. Dominic Thornely and James Packman were the two batsmen to be dismissed, but both made significant contributions - Thornely collected 56 while Packman scored 48. With Western Australia denied outright victory in their match against Queensland, the win assured New South Wales a place in the final against the Bulls at the Gabba starting on Friday.