Test opener David Warner laid the platform before two batsmen keen to join the Test team got NSW home in a big Sheffield Shield run chase
It was set up for a David Warner special in Adelaide and while he delivered early it was a couple of next-in-line Test players who drove NSW home in an epic win in Adelaide.
All-rounder Sean Abbott (83) and Moises Henriques (78 not out) smashed 20 fours and four sixes between them to reel in the final day total of 294 set by a bold South Australian declaration in the morning.
The match wasn’t without some nervous final few moments for NSW, who took nearly two overs to score the winning run, after levelling the scores in the 68th over of their allowed 72.
But then with 12 balls left, Henriques put a stamp on the win, hitting David Grant for a four down the ground to take the defending champions back to the top of the Shield table.
It was the second game in a row the Redbacks had been able to take the game deep in the final session.
But Travis Head’s team remain winless for the Shield season, and the kudos for opening up the game to a result won’t fully cover for yet another loss.
Given his chance to go hard when Head declared, 293 runs in front, after losing wickets rapidly in the morning session, Warner duly obliged.
Playing his second game since the final Test against India in January, and having scored just 24 in the first innings, the star opener put his foot down.
His first two scoring shots were boundaries, and his intent was clear.
When Warner was dropped by Dan Worrall when he was on 40, he made the home team pay. Warner made his 50 off 62 balls, and while he was out for only 69, but got them off 109 balls, with nine fours, and laid the platform for Abbott and Henriques to keep chasing.
Test spinner Nathan Lyon took seven wickets for the game, and sits on top of the Shield wicket-taking list with 28.
He remains key to his team’s chances of going back-to-back in the Shield, with a host of his teammates, including Warner and Henriques, set to miss the back end of the season when they head to the Indian Premier League.
NSW will head to Tasmania next week for its next encounter, while South Australia will play Queensland in Brisbane,