David Warner set the platform with a positive half-century against winless South Australia
New South Wales 7 for 366 dec (Patterson 102) and 4 for 298 (Abbott 83, Henriques 78*, Warner 69) beat South Australia 8 for 482 dec (Carey 125) and 6 for 178 dec by six wickets
David Warner had set the base after South Australia declared shortly before lunch but after he and Kurtis Patterson had fallen either side tea the decision to elevate the in-form Abbott worked a treat in a perfectly paced partnership.
The outcome rewarded New South Wales’ decision to declare well behind on the third day and thereby opening up the chance for a run chase.
Nathan Lyon had struck with the second ball of the day with a terrific delivery to take Jake Weatherald’s off stump and it proved difficult for South Australia to press the accelerator, not aided when Alex Carey was given run out to what was a very borderline call with no TV replays available. In the end they batted for 22 overs adding 85 runs.
New South Wales had few problems maintaining a run rate of four an over. Travis Head broke an opening stand of 59 when Nick Larkin miscued a pull, but Warner ensured the scoreboard kept moving with a 61-ball fifty although he slowed down significantly after that with his last 19 runs taking 45 deliveries before becoming a notable wicket for debutant Joe Medew-Ewen as he picked out deep midwicket.
Patterson then dragged on immediately after tea to give the Redbacks some hope but Henriques and Abbott were soon into their work, passing 600 and 500 runs respectively for the season. Henriques went to his fifty with an elegant lofted drive for six off Medew-Ewen and Abbott’s second half-century of the game came from 52 balls.