Sheffield Shield 2015-16 October 30, 2015

Smith, Cowan lead NSW to easy win

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 9 for 262 decl. (Smith 67, Head 3-42) & 1 for 291 decl. (Smith 152*, Cowan 107) beat South Australia 120 (Starc 5-28) & 218 (Ferguson 96, Hazlewood 3-23) by 215 runs

Steven Smith struck 17 fours and four sixes for his unbeaten 152 © Getty Images

Quality won out in the day/night Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval, with New South Wales obliterating South Australia in three days that served as a dry run for the floodlit Test to be played there next month.

After Steven Smith and Ed Cowan continued on their merry way to set SA a distant target, the Blues bowlers shared the wickets to end the match early.

Mitchell Starc was again a fiendish proposition, but he was well supported by Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, a combination that will next be seen against New Zealand at the Gabba.

Starc's dismissal of Travis Head for a duck maintained his recent domination of SA's new captain, and though Callum Ferguson frustrated the Blues with a defiant 96, the result always seemed likely to be sealed a night early.