New South Wales 260 and 7 for 217 (Maddinson 80, Floros 4-71, Swepson 3-69) beat Queensland 342 and 7 for 131 dec by 3 wickets
Nic Maddinson led New South Wales to a tense victory in his first match captaining the state as the Blues chased down 214 in the dying overs of the fourth day against Queensland in Mackay. In what had been a slow-scoring match that had seen run-rates hovering around 2.5 an over for the first three innings, New South Wales lifted their tempo to reach their target in 58.4 overs.
Maddinson's 80 off 72 balls was the key - he struck seven fours and four sixes having come to the crease with New South Wales wobbling against Queensland's spinners at 2 for 59. The Blues had been 2 for 66 at tea, still requiring another 148 runs in the final session and Maddinson made it possible, despite the best efforts of Jason Floros (4 for 71) and Mitch Swepson (3 for 69).
Maddinson fell with 23 runs still required and the loss of his partner Ben Rohrer for 31 in the next over gave Queensland a sniff once again, needing five wickets. Sean Abbott and Ryan Carters both departed cheaply, which left the Bulls in need of three more breakthroughs and New South Wales needing 12 more runs as the light closed in.
But Steve O'Keefe and Gurinder Sandhu were able to get New South Wales over the line, Sandhu striking two consecutive fours off Swepson to seal the result.