Australian Test fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has bowled NSW to victory on day four of the round three Marsh Sheffield Shield match against South Australia returning his best First Class figures in the process.
Hazlewood, 28, claimed the outstanding figures of 6-35 from 18.4 overs spearheading the dismissal of South Australia for 201 and securing a 96-run win at the Adelaide Oval, on Monday.
It was the Blues third successive win from as many matches to start the Shield season and puts them in first position on the Shield table.
South Australian seamer Chadd Sayers was the stand-out bowler throughout the fixture claiming career best First Class figures in an innings and match.
Sayers, 32, claimed 8-64 in the first innings and 13-131 for the match.
Batting at number nine, Sayers also impressed with the bat in the second innings contributing a quick-fire 47 to a 94-run partnership with Tom Cooper (77) to give South Australia some hope of a miracle chasing 298 to win.
The match was also significant for the batting of debutant Daniel Solway who made a vital 133 not out in the first innings becoming the first Blues player to score a century on debut since Kurtis Patterson in 2011.
Hazlewood was well supported in the wickets column by experienced seamer Trent Copeland, who claimed 3-50 in the second innings and passed the late great left-arm spinner Johnny Martin into eighth place on the all-time list of leading wicket takers for NSW.
Copeland now has 294 scalps for the Blues in First Class cricket. He finished the match with six wickets.
Hazlewood’s previous best First Class figures were 6-50. He finished the match with seven wickets after taking an economical 1-60 from 24 overs in the first innings.
It was the ninth First Class five-wicket haul for Hazlewood.
After South Australia dismissed the Blues for 253 late on day three, Hazlewood claimed the key wicket of opener Jake Weatherald for a duck, leg before wicket, with the second ball of the innings and South Australia went to stumps at 1/1.
By mid-way through the second session on day four, South Australia was 7/107 and victory appeared imminent for NSW.
Sayers and Cooper showed resistance and delayed the victory surviving through to tea, however, once Sayers departed to a great diving catch by Matt Gilkes from the bowling of Hazlewood the end was nigh.
South Australia lost 3/0 after a tenacious battle over the four days where neither team scored more than 300.
The Blues now sit outright first on the Shield ladder more than two wins clear of their nearest rival Tasmania.