New South Wales 4 for 282 (Jaques 158*, Thornely 76*) beat South Australia 209 (Clark 4-36, Clarke 3-27) by 73 runs
A masterful innings from Phil Jaques provided the platform for New South Wales' comprehensive victory against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
Batting first, the Blues' run-rate was kept in check for much of their innings, thanks to tight bowling from the Redbacks. Jason Gillespie and Paul Rofe were controlled and limited the run-scoring opportunities under overcast skies until Mark Cleary's introduction brought more adventurous strokeplay.
Corey Richards paid the price for a second, overly ambitious attempt at driving Cleary but Jaques found good support in Dominic Thornely (76). The pair put on an unbroken stand of 171 for the fifth wicket, including 114 in the last ten overs. Jaques crashed 11 fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 158 - his second knock exceeding 150 in the competition this season - as New South Wales reached a competitive 4 for 282 from their 50 overs.
South Australia were rocked by the early dismissal of Shane Deitz in the first over of their reply, followed by Graham Manou in the third, both falling to Stuart Clark. Stumbling at 4 for 52, Darren Lehmann (43) joined Mark Cosgrove (76) to put on 108 for the fifth wicket, but they represented the Redbacks' final chance of reaching the Blues' total. Wickets continued to tumble, with Michael Clarke (3-27) snaffling three cheap ones to take the Blues home by 73 runs.