Record stand ensures top spot for Northern Districts
Northern Districts 200 for 1 (Devcich 92*, Wilson 74) beat Wellington 197 for 4 (Tamim 68, Ryder 62) by nine wickets
A 165-run opening partnership between Anton Devcich and Brad Wilson, the highest stand for any wicket in the HRV Cup this season, helped Northern Districts chase down a stiff target of 198, for a nine-wicket victory against Wellington. The win ensured a top spot for Northern Districts in the points table.
The openers were in control of their chase throughout, and by the halfway mark, had knocked off 110 runs. Wilson regularly played through the gaps in the field, and scored his half-century in just 32 deliveries. He was out, though, in the 16th over, but by then his team was in control of the chase. His partner, Devcich, scored an unbeaten 92 off 57 deliveries, with the help of 11 fours and two sixes. Three bowlers gave away runs at more than 10 per over.
The stand was the second-highest opening stand in the HRV Cup, behind that of 201 by Jamie How and Peter Ingram in January last year, and the 12th highest in all Twenty20 cricket.
It overshadowed a decent batting performance by Wellington, led by their Bangladesh-import Tamim Iqbal and Jesse Ryder. The duo put on 90 runs, also for the first wicket, in ten overs before Ryder, the highest run-getter in the HRV Cup this season, departed after scoring 62 off 37 deliveries, which featured five sixes. Quick wickets fell thereafter, but the boundaries kept coming, and at 197 for 4 at the end of 20 overs, Wellington looked in control. However, Northern Districts made up for their ineffective bowling through the record opening stand.
Canterbury 153 for 6 (Andrew 53*, Nethula 2-26) beat Central Districts 152 for 8 (Sinclair 38, Claydon 3-25) by four wickets
Gareth Andrew's aggressive half-century helped Canterbury achieve a four-wicket win, their first in five games. Chasing 153, Andrew struck four fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 25-ball 53 after he came out to bat at the score of 63 for 4 in the eleventh over.
Central Districts chose to bat after winning the toss and Mathew Sinclair and captain Kieran Noema-Barnett put on 54 off 34 balls for the third wicket. They looked set for a big total but regular fall of wickets, including two in an over from Mitchell Claydon towards the end of the innings, restricted Central Districts to 152.
Canterbury got off to a stable start led by the No. 3 George Worker but once he and Tom Latham were dismissed, they were in trouble and were soon 72 for 5. But this was followed by a counter-attacking partnership between Andrew and Todd Astle, who added 77 from six overs. This took the momentum away from Central Districts and Canterbury won the match with seven balls to spare.