Ford Trophy 2015-16 January 3, 2016

Anderson 98 crafts Northern Districts' massive win

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo - Corey Anderson revived Northern Districts with a brisk 98 © AFP

Corey Anderson continued his good run of form with a brisk 98 that shaped Northern Districts' 101-run win over Auckland at the Eden Park.

Put in, James Fuller cut through Northern Districts' top order, as the visitors slumped to 15 for 3 in 5.1 overs. Anderson then partnered with Anton Devcich to add 141 for the fourth wicket, taking Northern Districts past 150 before Devcich fell for 53. Anderson's knock, that included nine fours and three sixes, ended in the 37th over, with the visitors at 184. Daryl Mitchell and BJ Watling (39) drove Northern Districts closer to 300 as Mitchell smashed four fours and two sixes in his 39-ball 55. Northern Districts eventually managed 302 for 8 in their 50 overs.

The hosts were dented early in the steep chase by Brett Hampton and James Baker, as the pair reduced them to 60 for 4 within 15 overs. Robert O'Donnell (62) was the only Auckland batsman to cross 35 as Northern Districts' bowlers kept chipping away at the wickets to dismiss them for 201 in 40.3 overs. Hampton was Northern Districts' best bowler with returns of 4 for 30 in 7.3 overs.

Wellington were reduced to 32 for 3 before rain washed out their match against Canterbury in Christchurch. Ed Nuttall struck in consecutive overs to dismiss Wellington's openers in what was meant to be a rain-curtailed, 41 overs a side fixture.

Central Districts and Otago's fixture at the Pukekura Park in New Plymouth was rained out without a ball being bowled.

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