Sheffield Shield, New South Wales v South Australia March 16, 2013

Sandhu, Hazlewood set up NSW win

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 2 for 91(Maddinson 41*) and 219 (O'Keefe 46, Sayers 5-53) beat South Australia 182 (Botha 53, Sandhu 4-58) and 127 (Sandhu 3-20, Hazlewood 3-35) by 8 wickets

Gurinder Sandhu and Josh Hazlewood gave New South Wales a chance of reaching the Sheffield Shield final by routing South Australia's batting to set up an eight-wicket victory for the Blues inside three days at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The result pushes the Blues momentarily to the top of the Shield table, but they may be passed by Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia or Queensland pending the outcomes of the two remaining matches.

SA resumed with six wickets in hand and a lead they hoped to build on, but the Redbacks were unable to organise any real resistance from the moment Jake Brown fell to Gurinder Sandhu without addition to his overnight score.

The hosts were left with a mere 91 to get and marched to their target swiftly, aided by a flashy 41 from Nic Maddinson that featured five sixes. SA's only consolation after losing their final two games outright to slip from contention was Chadd Sayers' competition-leading tally of 48 wickets.