Resuming at 5-228 this morning, the Redbacks required another match-winning performance from their lower-middle order to help stretch their 23-run lead into a defendable target following a defiant century from Callum Ferguson late on day three.

SCORECARD: View the scorecard from the match here. 

Night watchman Chadd Sayers added a valuable 23 runs before he was brought undone by Cummins, who finished the match with eight wickets in his return to first-class cricket.

However South Australia’s hopes took a severe dive when the hero from last match Tom Cooper was dismissed in bizarre fashion, run out by an unlikely rolling attempt from Neville behind the stumps after dropping his bat as he reached for the crease.

Cummins then returned to make light work of the Redbacks tail, dismissing Zampa and Richardson in quick succession to give the home side an even target of 100 for the win.

Depsite the modest total Daniel Worrall planted a seed of doubt early when he struck with the first ball of the innings; dismissing Hughes with a beautiful in-swinger to keep the match interesting.

Maddinson’s aggression proved his undoing shortly after, mistiming one after going after Zampa and skying it straight to the fieldsman at mid-on to leave NSW 2-33.

However from there the Blues in-form top order took control, with Cowan (48*) and Patterson (33*) combining for a 67-run partnership that never looked like being broken to see the Blues home in convincing fashion.

The Redbacks will return home to prepare for their final regular-season match against Tasmania in Hobart next week, with an outright win needed to keep their hopes of securing a place in the Sheffield Shield final alive.