Jake Weatherald's brilliant century powered South Australia to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over NSW in the JLT One-Day Cup at the WACA Ground.
Set a modest 242 to win, opening batsman Weatherald and skipper Jake Lehmann combined for a 171-run partnership to drive the Redbacks to the victory target inside 40 overs to secure a bonus point.
Weatherald's unbeaten 106 was his fourth List A century, while leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers with 3-37 from 10 overs, including the scalp of Moises Henriques with his first ball of the summer.Zampa's perfect start to the summer
Lehmann, in his first match as captain, struck a bruising 87, marshalled his troops with aplomb and even won the toss.
Daniel Hughes was the standout for the Blues, the opener who scored 79 in a young side that has slipped to 0-2 under interim captain Kurtis Patterson while Peter Nevill recovers from a broken thumb.
South Australia face Western Australia at the WACA Ground on Saturday, while NSW head home for Sunday's clash with Victoria at North Sydney Oval.
Lehmann sent the Blues in and his strike bowler Chadd Sayers delivered him two wickets with the new ball, the first a terrific delivery that nipped back and took the top of off stump to remove Ryan Gibson (zero).
Zampa was the next to get a breakthrough when Henriques (16) was bowled between bat and pad from a ball that went straight on to the surprise of bowler and batsman.
A sharp catch by Tom Cooper at slip handed Zampa his second wicket – Nick Larkin (16) cutting – before Hughes and youngster Jack Edwards (42) put on 79 for the fifth wicket.
The Chadd! A beauty from the SA swing king. Watch LIVE: https://t.co/QUGZjNK8Ks #JLTCup pic.twitter.com/2vd6XXoEmd— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 20, 2018
When Edwards chipped a simple catch to Cooper at mid-wicket the Blues lower order added 98 as Hughes's innings ended in unlucky fashion, run out backing up too far from a deflection off Zampa.
Blues seamer Sean Abbott saw Sayers' start and raised him with a wonderful delivery that curved in the air and castled Alex Carey for five.
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Callum Ferguson made 15 before he charged and edged Mickey Edwards and was well caught by Larkin at first slip, but that was the last time the Blues celebrated for 28 overs.
Weatherald and Lehmann were rarely troubled by the Blues bowlers as they charged towards victory. Both players were particularly damaging off the back foot and punished anything dropped short by their opponents.
With a bonus point in sight, Lehmann went on the attack and was out 37th over to Mickey Edwards in search of the boundary.
Weatherald would not be denied his fourth 50-over hundred in just his 15th game, bringing up the milestone with a four before crunching his fourth six over the square-leg rope.
Cooper hit the winning runs with a powerful straight drive to end proceedings and send the Blues back to Sydney without a win.
SA XI: Carey (wk), Weatherald, Ferguson, Lehmann (c), Cooper, Ross, Valente, Mennie, Richardson, Zampa, Sayers #JLTCup— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 20, 2018
NSW XI: Patterson (c), Hughes, Gibson, Henriques, Larkin, J Edwards, Lenton (wk), Sams, O'Keefe, Abbott, M Edwards #JLTCup— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 20, 2018