A David Warner century has steered NSW to a three-wicket one-day cup victory over Tasmania at Bellerive Oval.
Despite losing several late wickets, the Blues reached the target of 259 with seven balls to spare on Thursday to extend their lead atop the table.
Warner, playing his third state match after returning from a groin injury that derailed his international summer, struck 10 fours in his 108 from 115 deliveries.
He shared a 96-run stand with fellow veteran Moises Henriques (47 from 55) which ironed out a big chunk of the chase.
Since making his comeback, Warner has notched 87 in the one-day cup against South Australia and has Sheffield Shield scores of 24 and 69 against the same side.
The Test opener, who was dropped twice, was out in the 43rd over edging Jackson Bird to Tim Paine but his team’s tail finished the job.
NSW have three wins from four games in an abbreviated tournament where each team plays five matches before the top two face off in the final.
They clawed their way back into the contest after a flying start from the Tigers, who were sent in after losing the toss.
Openers Caleb Jewell (70 from 51) and Ben McDermott (68 from 70) took the long handle to a strong Blues’ attack featuring Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Sean Abbott.
They put on a blistering 138-run partnership until Jewell edged Ben Dwarshuis, who finished the pick of the bowlers with 4-50.
It sparked a collapse of 4-18 which included Matthew Wade and Paine for single-digit scores.
The Tigers’ 9-258 was helped by some late swinging from Nathan Ellis (31) and Jackson Bird (28 not out).
Lyon and quick Liam Hatcher both took a brace of wickets while captain Cummins was the most economical with 0-33 from ten overs.