New South Wales v Western Australia, FR Cup, Sydney November 22, 2006

Blues win by one run in last-ball thriller

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 267 (Haddin 115, Thornely 60, Ervine 4-51, Magoffin 3-43) beat Western Australia 266 (Voges 68, Krejza 3-41, Hauritz 3-42) by 1 run

Brad Haddin set up the win with 115 from 102 balls © Getty Images
New South Wales scraped home by one run in a thrilling Ford Ranger Cup match against Western Australia at the SCG. A blistering century from Brad Haddin set up the Blues' win before Brett Dorey holed out from the final delivery of the Warriors' 50 overs with two runs still needed for victory.

Chasing 268 to win, Western Australia looked out of the game with 24 balls remaining, needing 35 with two wickets in hand. But Dorey smashed 25 from 12 deliveries and with nine required off the last over the New South Wales captain Simon Katich threw the ball to Dominic Thornely, who had not bowled all night. Thornely took 1 for 1 from his first four balls before Dorey slogged a six over midwicket to make the equation two runs from the last ball. When he skied it to deep square leg, Daniel Christian held his nerve and took the catch to win the game for the Blues.

Five days after Adam Gilchrist scored the second-fastest hundred in Australian domestic one-day history, Haddin reminded the nation that should Gilchrist, 35, decide to retire any time soon Australia will not need to look far for a replacement. Haddin's 115 - his fifth century in domestic limited-overs games - came from 102 balls and included nine fours and three sixes.

His 146-run partnership with Thornely, who made 60, gave the Blues hope of reaching of 300 but the Warriors staged a late fightback, taking 7 for 18 in 30 balls as New South Wales were all out for 267 in the 50th over. Steve Magoffin took 3 for 43 and together with Sean Ervine (4 for 51) bowled Western Australia back into the game, helped by two run-outs from Chris Rogers.

Adam Voges made 68 for Western Australia but they lost wickets at regular intervals as the offspinners Jason Krejza (3 for 41) and Nathan Hauritz (3 for 42) extracted plenty of turn from the SCG pitch. Voges and Brad Hogg worked Western Australia into a winnable position before Hogg was adjudged stumped for 38, despite the fact that Haddin appeared to break the stumps without the ball in his gloves. Krejza, who bamboozled the Warriors' middle order, had only come into the New South Wales squad after the allrounder Moises Henriques was ruled out with a leg injury.