Ford Trophy 2015-16 December 30, 2015

Auckland win thriller despite Anderson blitz

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo - Corey Anderson's counterattacking 88 went in vain as Northern Districts fell short by 11 runs © AFP

Corey Anderson celebrated his return to the national side with an 87-ball 88, but his effort was not enough to help Northern Districts chase down 279 against Auckland in Hamilton.

ND began shakily in the chase, losing Dean Brownlie for a five-ball duck. Daniel Flynn and Daryl Mitchell then laid a strong base, adding 76, before Anderson took over. He struck six fours and two sixes, and was aided by contributions from BJ Watling and Tim Seifert. However, fast bowler Lachie Ferguson dismissed Anderson in the 46th over to tilt the contest in Auckland's favour. ND ran out of fuel, losing their last four wickets for 21 runs.

The match was set up for Auckland, thanks to fifties from Brad Cachopa and Robert O' Donnell, after they were reduced to 109 for 4 in 20.2 overs. The pair repaired the early damage and then lifted the innings with a 130-run partnership off 142 balls. The stand ended when Scott Kuggeleijn got rid of Cachopa for 93, but O'Donnell ensured that his side passed 250 and eventually finished with 278, which proved 11 more for ND.

Peter Fulton's half-century, followed by a collective bowling effort, led Canterbury to their second successive win in the competition, after beating Otago by 65 runs in Alexandra.

Having been inserted, Canterbury lost their openers cheaply before Fulton revived the innings with his 36th List A fifty, which contained 10 fours and one six. Each of the middle-order batsmen had starts but failed to build on it, with allrounder Sam Wells claiming three wickets. However, it was enough to haul Canterbury to 228.

Otago's chase had begun on a poor note with both the openers falling for ducks. It was a sign of things to come with Otago sliding to 163 all out within 40 overs. Hamish Rutherford and James Neesham mounted some resistance with a 45-run fourth-wicket partnership, before No.9 Neil Wagner swung his way to an unbeaten 37. Todd Astle, one of the three bowlers to pick up two wickets, put the seal on Canterbury's win when he bowled Warren Barnes for a duck.

George Worker's century trumped Luke Woodcock's, helping defending champions Central Districts to a 32-run win against Wellington at the Basin Reserve.

After Ben Smith was dismissed by Dane Hutchinson for 4, Worker and Jesse Ryder added 126 together at a rapid pace only for the middle order to fumble. From 139 for 1, Central Districts slumped to 199 for 6 and Worker soon followed for 114 off 120 balls. Marty Kain's (22) cameo lower down the order meant that Central Districts were pushed to 241.

Woodcock followed three wickets with a counterattacking century, his first in List A cricket, and helped Wellington close to the target from a shambolic 35 for 5. The collapse seeped into the lower order as well as the hosts were skittled for 209. Woodcock hit two fours and six sixes before he was the last man dismissed. Central Districts' new-ball bowlers - Seth Rance and Bevan Small - claimed combined figures of 17-3-65-7 to trip up the chase.

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