Elliott and Borgas save South Australia
South Australia 5 for 269 (Elliott 111) beat New South Wales 5 for 291 (O'Brien 58*, Thornely 45, Henriques 43*) by five wickets (D/L method)
A fine hundred from Matthew Elliott and the final-over heroics of Cameron Borgas sealed a five-wicket win for New South Wales in the rematch of last season's one-day final. Set a revised target of 267 from 43 overs, the Redbacks owed much of their chase to Elliott, who hit 111 from 112 balls with ten fours and three sixes, but it was Borgas who stole the win from the Blues.
South Australia needed 18 from the final over off Matthew Nicholson and Borgas blasted three sixes to end the game with two balls remaining. Borgas finished with an amazing 31 from nine balls.
New South Wales were put into bat by Darren Lehmann and did well to post 291. There were useful runs from Aaron O'Brien (58*), Dominic Thornely (45) and Moises Henriques (43*), but every batsman chipped in. Fifty-run partnerships for the first, third and fifth wickets highlighted a stable batting order and a team to watch out for this season.
In what was a repeat of last year's decider, South Australia started their reply in enthusiastic fashion thanks to Elliott and a top order that all made starts. Barring Nathan Hauritz, a last-minute replacement for the injured Stuart MacGill, no bowler managed to restrict their economy rates to below five an over. When Elliott was caught by Hauritz off Henriques in the 40th over, the Redbacks needed 41 from 18 balls. Borgas made sure they made it.