The NSW Blues will be seeking its first victory of the Marsh One-Day Cup at Drummoyne Oval next week after South Australia prevailed by five wickets at Allan Border Field, Brisbane, on Thursday.
Despite the Blues recovering from 5/27 in the seventh over, to post 173, South Australia chased down that total in 39 overs achieving the bonus point.
Wollongong-born Tom Cooper remained unbeaten on 52 from 73 balls for South Australia and was the only player to pass fifty during the match. The victors finished 5/177.
Focus for the Blues now turns towards back-to-back matches against Western Australia on Monday and Wednesday at Drummoyne after NSW also lost its opening match of the tournament to Queensland at the same venue on Sunday.
Pacemen Joe Mennie and Kane Richardson did all the damage early for South Australia. Both men claimed three wickets for the victors.
Blues captain Peter Nevill (40 from 67) and allrounder Daniel Sams (35 from 47) led the recovery for the Blues. The pair added 64 runs for the sixth wicket and were the top-scorers for NSW.
Sams was the only change to the XI that lost to Queensland on Sunday.
He replaced one of the two Blues debutants on Sunday, paceman Nathan McAndrew, who was ruled out with a back spasm injury. Batsman Nick Bertus was the other debutant against Queensland.
South Australia lost 3-21 in the middle overs, sparking some hope of a miracle, but Cooper ultimately showed a cool head to post his second successive half-century in the Marsh Cup.
Australian One-Day wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey made 36 from 35, at the top of the order, and South Australian captain Jake Lehmann (37 from 53) also made handy contributions in the win.
Some late hitting by Sean Abbott (26 from 24 balls) added some handy lower order runs for the Blues then backed that up with the ball claiming 2-49 from 10 overs. Off-spinner Arjun Nair also picked up 2-42 from nine.
Sydney Sixers leg-spinner Lloyd Pope, 19, also made his One-Day domestic debut claiming his maiden wicket. He returned 1-48 from seven overs for South Australia.