The Ford Trophy 2015-16 January 30, 2016

Central Districts crush Canterbury to defend title

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Central Districts 405 for 6 (Worker 159, Bruce 71, Ryder 62) beat Canterbury 249 (Ellis 101, Astle 65, Small 3-59) by 156 runs

File photo - George Worker smashed 12 fours and seven sixes in his 151-ball 159 © Getty Images

Central Districts comfortably defended the Ford Trophy after crushing Canterbury by 156 runs in the final in New Plymouth. Central Districts piled on 405 for 6, equalling the highest List A score at Pukekura Park, on the back of a 159 from George Worker and Tom Bruce's 23-ball 71 - the fastest fifty in New Zealand List A history - which included six fours and seven sixes. Jesse Ryder (62 off 50) and Will Young (51 off 32) also contributed with brisk fifties.

Worker, who surpassed 3000 List A runs during the innings, forged stand of 80, 109, 92 and 63 for the first four wickets to decisively turn the match in Central Districts' favour. However, Bruce helped put it beyond Canterbury by helping put on 61 off the last 20 balls.

Captain Andrew Ellis picked up two wickets but went for 97 in his 10 overs. Ed Nuttall was the most economical of the bowlers with figures of 0 for 44 off his eight overs.

Canterbury were never in the chase from the start after losing their openers within the first eight balls. Todd Astle (65) and Ellis combined to put on 121, but it was a task too far. Ellis went on to make his maiden List A century (101 off 76 balls), but Canterbury were bowled out for 249 in the 38th over. Bevan Small claimed three victims whereas Seth Rance, who finished as the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 19 wickets, returned 2 for 17.

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  • joe on January 30, 2016, 13:57 GMT

    I would like to see worker get the same run in the odi squad that Latham is getting personally Latham has had his shot in the odi team and has not made the most of it time to try someone else......... Or bring back Jesse. I don't understand the save wickets till the end approach because isn't there more outside the circle in the last 10 overs wouldn't 2 aggressors(in certain conditions) at the top be better when there is only 2 outside the circle? Just a thought. Cheers

  • Jay on January 30, 2016, 12:19 GMT

    308 strike rate...... wow, unreal.

  • Fraser on January 30, 2016, 9:46 GMT

    @NZCRICKET174 He was in the squads for the t20s against Sri Lanka And Pakistan.

  • Stratocaster on January 30, 2016, 9:40 GMT

    Tom Bruce, certainly the one for future. Good days for CD fans.

  • Ryan on January 30, 2016, 8:16 GMT

    George Worker should have been in the recent T20 squads. Good opening bat with a spin bowling option.

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