South Australia v NSW, Ford Ranger Cup, Adelaide November 8, 2006

Haddin drives NSW to victory

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 6 for 254 (Cowan 74, Christian 68, Haddin 56*) beat South Australia 7 for 251 (Lehmann 86, Ferguson 64) by four wickets

Ed Cowan cracks a boundary on his way to 74 © Getty Images
An unbeaten half-century from Brad Haddin and strong performances from Ed Cowan and Daniel Christian steered New South Wales to a tight four-wicket victory against South Australia at Adelaide. Chasing a healthy 7 for 251, the Blues were cruising half-way through the innings before Darren Lehmann struck twice and Cowan was run-out for 74.

However, Haddin, batting at No. 5, quickly re-floated New South Wales with a 47-ball 56 and secured the victory with four balls remaining. The performances of Cowan and Christian, who scored his first half-century, were also important as they replied to a Redbacks total set up by Lehmann.

South Australia were in difficulty at 3 for 49 before Lehmann arrived for a 107-run partnership with Callum Ferguson (64). Lehmann, who won the toss and batted, was dismissed in the 49th over for 86 but his effort with bat and ball was not enough to stave off the challenge of Haddin and Co.