Warner on warpath ahead of final

DAVID Warner says New South Wales can beat Queensland in Sunday's Ryobi Cup final after his record-breaking knock helped the Blues beat Victoria by four wickets in the preliminary final at North Sydney Oval yesterday.

Warner smashed 197 off 140 balls with 20 fours and 10 sixes as NSW chased down the Vics' imposing 9-321 with three balls to spare.

The opener's innings was the highest in domestic one-day history, beating Jimmy Maher's 187 for Queensland against WA in 2003-04.

It was also his third ton in a week in the competition.

He was eventually out with still three runs to win - caught on the boundary by Jon Holland off the bowling of John Hastings as he tried to reach his 200.

Warner said his aim was to bat the 50 overs and he was happy to help get his team over the line.

"I thought I had to play a mature innings to bat the 50 overs and I was able to do that," he told Channel Nine.

Earlier, an opening partnership of 202 between Rob Quiney (89) and Dan Christian (117) laid the platform for the Vics' big score.


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