Warner's record 197 blasts NSW to final
New South Wales 6 for 324 (Warner 197) beat Victoria 9 for 321 (Christian 117, Quiney 89) by four wickets
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David Warner smashed 197, the highest individual score by an Australian in a limited-overs match, to help New South Wales chase 322 against Victoria at the North Sydney Oval to storm into the final of the Ryobi Cup. It was Warner's third century in four games in the tournament, and set up a final clash with Queensland on Sunday.
Warner was caught at deep square-leg three runs short of what would have been the first List A double-century on Australian soil. His knock overshadowed Daniel Christian's 117 and his opening stand of 202 with Rob Quiney.
Warner and Peter Nevill added a quick 149 in just under 21 overs for the opening wicket. But Steven Smith fell for a first-ball duck, spooning a catch back to the left-arm spinner Jon Holland, and NSW had lost two quick wickets. Warner was involved in stands of 69 and 48 with Nic Maddinson and Ben Rohrer respectively to keep them in the hunt. He reached his century off just 75 balls, 74 of those runs coming in boundaries. He didn't slow down after getting to 150, belting William Sheridan for two sixes and a four off consecutive balls. When Warner cut John Hastings to the third-man boundary to move into the 190s, he went past Queenslander Jimmy Maher's 187, the previous highest score on Australian soil in domestic limited-overs cricket.
The situation was delicately poised for Warner as both he and the team were three away from a double-century and a victory respectively. But he clipped Hastings to deep square leg where Holland took a low catch. His knock included 20 fours and ten sixes. NSW eventually got home with three balls to spare.
Earlier, Victoria's openers Christian and Quiney were equally ballistic, bringing up the 200 just before the 30th over. Quiney fell 11 short of his century off a leading edge to cover, off Josh Hazlewood. Christian, who hit ten fours and seven sixes, fell for 117 in the 34th over, caught at square leg off Doug Bollinger. The run rate slowed down after the pair departed and Victoria lost wickets in quick succession. Cameron White's 42 off 37 balls lifted the side to 321 but, as they later found out, it was not enough as NSW blazed home without breaking into a sweat.