South Australia 4 for 322 (Ferguson 122, Cooper 81*, Carey 50, Crone 2-76) beat Victoria 5 for 321 (Finch 119, Handscomb 87, Worrall 2-56) by one run
Victoria slipped to a last-ball one-run defeat against South Australia in Melbourne despite being on top of their 323 chase until the 45th over, with Aaron Finch's 119. They needed 39 off 31 balls when Finch fell to Adam Zampa before Kane Richardson conceded only 10 runs in his two remaining overs and Cameron Valente defended 11 in the final over. The result had no bearing on next week's final.
Jake Fraser-McGurk scored eight runs off four balls as soon as he got strike in the final over, but with three needed off the final ball, he failed to connect and only managed a leg bye.
Victoria's chase had been set up by Finch's 21st one-day hundred and Peter Handscomb's 87 off 75 balls after Callum Ferguson scored 122 and captain Alex Carey and Tom Cooper struck half-centuries for South Australia.
Ferguson has been in stunning form of late - he came into this match on the back of scores of 127 and 91 in the competition - and continued to dominate the Victoria bowling after Carey opted to bat, his 122 coming off 128 balls. Jake Weatherald fell early, and Ferguson lost the company of Harry Nielsen in the 19th over, but added 104 runs with Carey for the third wicket to put SA on the road to a solid score. More than Ferguson, though, it was Cooper's blitz towards the close - 76 runs came in the last four overs of the SA innings - as his 81 off 46, with five fours and seven sixes, powered them to 4 for 322.
In reply, Victoria lost opener Sam Harper in the first over for a duck before Finch led the reply smartly almost till the end, with a 147-run stand for the third wicket with Handscomb. Richardson accounted for Handscomb and Matthew Short chipped in with 35 before Finch was dismissed and the chase went out of their hands.