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March 16, 2014
Northern Districts moved up to the top of the Ford Trophy table with a 151-run D/L win against Central Districts which earned them a bonus point. The victory was built on the back of a strong batting performance, led by quick half-centuries from Daniel Flynn (72) and Daryl Mitchell (64), as well as a four-for from Scott Kuggeleijn who rattled Central Districts' top order during their chase.
Northern Districts, put in to bat, began brightly as Flynn and his opening partner Joe Carter added 61 in 11 overs. Carter departed for 24, but Flynn and Mitchell remained unfazed and combined for a second-wicket association that yielded 74 runs. Both batsmen fell by the 33rd over, but Northern Districts' middle and lower order all chipped in with crucial scores to lift the team to a mammoth 270 for 8 from their 38 overs.
Central Districts needed more than seven runs from the off, but Kuggeleijn did not allow the team to settle by picking up three wickets in successive overs. Jamie How and Tarun Nethula both made 25, but apart from them and Bevan Small, all the other batsmen were removed for single digits as Central Districts collapsed for 104 in 24.5 overs.
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