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December 14, 2012
Otago 173 for 7 (ten Doeschate 65) beat Northern Districts 162 for 8 (Watling 35, Beard 3-26) by 11 runs
Ryan ten Doeschate, the Netherlands allrounder, handed Northern Districts their first loss of the tournament as his half-century set up a comfortable win for Otago in Hamilton. Otago were in trouble after choosing to bat when they were reduced to 15 for 3 in the fourth over. But ten Doeschate revived the innings briskly, hitting seven boundaries in making 65 off 45 deliveries. There was support for ten Doeschate from Michael Bracewell, who made 31 off 20. Sixty-six came off the final five overs as James Fuller struck three sixes in his 27 off 11 to boost Otago to 173.
Fuller dismissed Kane Williamson with his fourth delivery in the chase and Northern Districts could never build any momentum. Nick Beard's three strikes had them struggling at 94 for 6 in the 15th over before some late hitting from Tim Southee and BJ Watling brought down the margin of defeat to 11 runs. This was Otago's first win in their second game of the tournament.
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