New South Wales 2 for 135 (Haddin 54, Katich 37*, Thornely 37*) beat South Australia 9 for 134 (Harris 31, Henriques 2-19) by eight wickets
New South Wales began their KFC Twenty20 campaign with an emphatic eight-wicket victory as Brad Haddin's electric half-century led the successful run chase against South Australia. The Blues cruised home with three overs to spare after Haddin helped himself to 54 off 44 balls to follow a disciplined performance from the bowlers.
After deciding to bat, South Australia struggled from the start when Matthew Elliott fell in the first over. The Redbacks couldn't form any partnerships of note and by the half-way mark they were already six wickets down and unable to increase the tempo.
Allrounder Moises Henriques continued to apply pressure with two wickets, while Nathan Hauritz produced a tight spell with his offspin, dismissing Nathan Adcock and Graham Manou. Ryan Harris' 31 off 38 balls prevented an embarrassing scoreline but South Australia failed to break the shackles and the Blues were left needing a little over a run a ball.
This proved an easy task for Haddin and Simon Katich and they added 67 in less than ten overs, with Haddin clearing the boundary twice against Dan Cullen. Dominic Thornely added the finishing touches with a brisk 37 off 22 deliveries, completing the win with a six over long-on off Adcock.