HRV Twenty20 - Preliminary final

Canterbury v Northern Districts

Northern Districts won by 3 runs

Hello and welcome to Seddon Park in Hamilton for the 2013/14 HRV Cup Preliminary Final where we see the Canterbury Wizards takes on the Northern Knights. While it is the Knights who have the home advantage, it is actually the Wizards who finished higher than the Knights after the round robin. The Otago Volts are already through to tomorrow night's final. Daniel Flynn won the toss with Peter Fulton calling incorrectly and the Knights will bat first on what appears to be a fantastic cricket wicket. Daniel Flynn and Anton Devcich walk out to bat for the Knights, while Hamish Bennett will take the new ball for the Wizards.

0.1

Bennett to Devcich, no run, Bennett comes in and bowls outside the off stump and Devcich is forward and defending off the outside half of the bat to backward point

0.2

Bennett to Devcich, FOUR, too full this time from Bennett and Devcich just throws the hands through this one and it sails away through the cover point region for four

0.3

Bennett to Devcich, FOUR, great channel from Bennett and Devcich stands tall and tries to hit through the off side again but it takes the edge, races past first slip and too fine for third man for four

0.4

Bennett to Devcich, no run, full length on off stump and Devcich plays forcefully to cover point

Bennett really having to work hard running into a strong breeze

0.5

Bennett to Devcich, 2 runs, Devcich walks down the wicket and pulls Bennett backward of square for a couple to the sweeper on the leg side

0.6

Bennett to Devcich, no run, half volley on off stump and Devcich crunches it straight to cover

End of over 1 (10 runs) Northern Districts 10/0
AP Devcich    10* (6b 2x4)      HK Bennett    1-0-10-0
DR Flynn    0* (0b)     

1.1

Henry to Flynn, 1 wide, Henry starts this one too wide down leg and it swings further down leg

1.1

Henry to Flynn, 1 run, good line and length cramps Flynn up and it takes the inside edge and drops into the leg side

1.2

Henry to Devcich, no run, quick yorker from Henry and Devcich is on the move down the wicket but is beaten outside off stump

1.3

Henry to Devcich, OUT, Henry hits a wonderful channel, forces Devcich onto the back foot, it seams away and takes the outside edge and Nicol takes a good catch to his right at first slip

AP Devcich c Nicol b Henry 10 (6m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

1.4

Henry to Wilson, 1 run, perfect length from Henry and Wilson is only half forward and it takes the inside edge and rolls into the mid wicket region

1.5

Henry to Flynn, no run, perfect channel on off stump and Flynn is forward and rock-solid in defence towards extra cover

1.6

Henry to Flynn, FOUR, Henry is fuller and wider of off stump this time and Flynn is onto it in a flash and lofts it over cover point for four. Top shot

End of over 2 (7 runs) Northern Districts 17/1
DR Flynn    5* (3b 1x4)      MJ Henry    1-0-7-1
BS Wilson    1* (1b)      HK Bennett    1-0-10-0

2.1

Bennett to Wilson, 1 wide, Bennett launches this one well down leg and Wilson falls over himself and hits the deck. My word that was unusual but just the kind of enjoyment we come to expect from twenty20 cricket

2.1

Bennett to Wilson, 1 run, back of a length and just enough width for Wilson to cut to third man

2.2

Bennett to Flynn, no run, great channel from Bennett as he hits the deck hard and beats Flynn who is stuck on the crease and looking to defend

2.3

Bennett to Flynn, no run, full again from Bennett and Flynn is guilty of over-hitting this one as he drives to mid on

2.4

Bennett to Flynn, no run

2.5

Bennett to Flynn, 2 runs, another interesting piece of cricket here and Bennett gets the ball to swing into Flynn and he clips the ball, from his pad, and it balloons off the bat and into the leg side which gives them time for a second

2.6

Bennett to Flynn, SIX, just too much width and enough length for Flynn to get his hands underneath this one and upper-cut it over third man for the first six of the game

End of over 3 (10 runs) Northern Districts 27/1
DR Flynn    13* (8b 1x4 1x6)      HK Bennett    2-0-20-0
BS Wilson    2* (2b)      MJ Henry    1-0-7-1

3.1

Henry to Wilson, 1 run, good length on middle stump and Wilson works it around the corner to square leg

3.2

Henry to Flynn, SIX, Henry hits the deck hard again but Flynn is into position in double-quick time to pull it high over mid wicket for a maximum

3.3

Henry to Flynn, SIX, slightly shorter and slightly straighter and Flynn pumps it high over square leg for half a dozen. Two in two from the former Black Cap

3.4

Henry to Flynn, 1 run, perfect yorker is the response from Henry this time and Flynn plays it well to ensure they can take a single

3.5

Henry to Wilson, no run, fuller again and Wilson drives off the edge to point

3.6

Henry to Wilson, 2 runs, back of a length but too much width and Wilson bounces it over gully for a couple towards the backward point boundary

End of over 4 (16 runs) Northern Districts 43/1
BS Wilson    5* (5b)      MJ Henry    2-0-23-1
DR Flynn    26* (11b 1x4 3x6)      HK Bennett    2-0-20-0

4.1

Ellis to Flynn, OUT, Andy Ellis comes into the attack and strikes with his first ball. Flynn leans back and heaves it off the inside edge over mid wicket but George Worker moves quickly from deep square leg to take the catch

DR Flynn c Worker b Ellis 26 (20m 12b 1x4 3x6) SR: 216.66

4.2

Ellis to Wilson, 1 wide, Ellis looses his line this time down the leg side and Wilson misses out

4.2

Ellis to Wilson, 1 run, good length but too straight from Ellis and Wilson tucks him off the hip to deep square leg

4.3

Ellis to Williamson, no run, back of a length and punched off the back foot to cover

4.4

Ellis to Williamson, no run, good length again from Ellis and Williamson is on the back foot again and whipping the ball to mid wicket

4.5

Ellis to Williamson, 1 run, good channel in towards off stump and Williamson sits back and drops the ball behind square on the off side towards gully and they take a quick single

4.6

Ellis to Wilson, 1 run, a fraction short and Wilson is onto the back foot quickly, pulling forward of square to Hira on the square leg boundary

End of over 5 (4 runs) Northern Districts 47/2
BS Wilson    7* (7b)      AM Ellis    1-0-4-1
KS Williamson    1* (3b)      MJ Henry    2-0-23-1

5.1

Henry to Wilson, FOUR, short and wide and Wilson cuts it hard into the ground and over backward point for four. Top shot

5.2

Henry to Wilson, no run, fuller from Henry but not too full and Wilson plays neatly to mid off

5.3

Henry to Wilson, 1 leg bye, good bumper from Henry has Wilson ducking into it and it hits him in the middle of the helmet and flies to third man

5.4

Henry to Williamson, no run, back of a length and Williamson plays off the back foot to cover point

5.5

Henry to Williamson, no run, good length again and Williamson plays it late into the off side looking for a single but it doesn't come

5.6

Henry to Williamson, no run, perfect channel again from Henry and Williamson drops the ball into the off side off the inside edge but, once again, can't turn the strike over

End of over 6 (5 runs) Northern Districts 52/2
KS Williamson    1* (6b)      MJ Henry    3-0-27-1
BS Wilson    11* (10b 1x4)      AM Ellis    1-0-4-1

6.1

Hira to Wilson, 1 run, Hira darts it into leg stump and Wilson pulls to deep mid wicket

6.2

Hira to Williamson, 2 runs, short and wide and Williamson cuts backward of point for a couple to the off side sweeper

6.3

Hira to Williamson, 1 run, back of a length and Williamson plays thorugh cover point off the back foot

6.4

Hira to Wilson, 1 run, fuller and Wilson drives to long off

6.5

Hira to Williamson, 1 run, too short again from Hira and Williamson cuts to deep point

6.6

Hira to Wilson, no run, good length but he offers Wilson width and fortunately for Hira, he plays and misses a square drive

End of over 7 (6 runs) Northern Districts 58/2
BS Wilson    13* (13b 1x4)      RM Hira    1-0-6-0
KS Williamson    5* (9b)      MJ Henry    3-0-27-1

7.1

Nicol to Williamson, 2 runs, flat from Nicol and Williamson is onto his favourite back foot punch through the off side

7.2

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, uses his feet the time and works it through wide long on. Williamson is looking for a second but he can't get it

7.3

Nicol to Wilson, 2 wides, arm ball gone wrong from Rob Nicol goes well down leg

7.3

Nicol to Williamson, no run, driven hard at cover

7.4

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, comes down the wicket and drives to long on

7.5

Nicol to Wilson, 1 run, low full toss and Wilson mis-cues to long on along the ground

7.6

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson advances again and plays it very well even though Nicol has darted it in and he works it through square leg

End of over 8 (8 runs) Northern Districts 66/2
KS Williamson    10* (14b)      RJ Nicol    1-0-8-0
BS Wilson    14* (14b 1x4)      RM Hira    1-0-6-0

8.1

Hira to Williamson, 1 run, low full toss and Williamson drives to long on

8.2

Hira to Wilson, SIX, Hira darts this into middle stump and Wilson slogs it over mid wicket for a maximum. Much needed for the Knights as the Wizards race through some cheap overs here

8.3

Hira to Wilson, 1 run, darted into leg stump and Wilson drives to long on

8.4

Hira to Williamson, SIX, tossed up by Hira and Wilson comes down the wicket and lofts straight over the bowlers' head for six more

8.5

Hira to Williamson, no run, flatter and wider and Williamson tries to use the pace and play through third man but he can't connect

8.6

Hira to Williamson, no run, fuller and Williamson loses his shape and drags an off drive back towards the bowler

End of over 9 (14 runs) Northern Districts 80/2
KS Williamson    17* (18b 1x6)      RM Hira    2-0-20-0
BS Wilson    21* (16b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Nicol    1-0-8-0

9.1

Nicol to Wilson, 1 run, flighted outside off from around the wicket and Wilson drives to long off

9.2

Nicol to Williamson, 2 runs, full outside off and Williamson drives to long off and gaps it nicely to get the second

9.3

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, OUT

BS Wilson run out 22 (31m 17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 129.41

9.4

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, full and whipped through mid wicket

9.5

Nicol to Styris, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off stump and Styris drives down the ground to long on

9.6

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, yorker length on leg stump and Williamson digs it out to square leg

End of over 10 (7 runs) Northern Districts 87/3
KS Williamson    22* (22b 1x6)      RJ Nicol    2-0-15-0
SB Styris    1* (1b)      RM Hira    2-0-20-0

10.1

Bennett to Williamson, no run, fullish length draws Williamson forward and it takes the inside edge and onto the pad. Bennett appeals loudly but the umpire isn't interested

10.2

Bennett to Williamson, 1 run, fuller on leg stump and driven to long on

10.3

Bennett to Styris, 1 run, good length just outside off stump and Styris is forward and opening the face playing towards backward point. van Beek fields well but can't prevent the single

10.4

Bennett to Williamson, 1 run, yorker length and Williamson digs it out and plays to long on

10.5

Bennett to Styris, 2 runs, full enough for Styris to come forward and play a well-timed square drive to deep point where Worker dives to save the boundary

10.6

Bennett to Styris, no run, good length on off stump and Styris can only push back to the bowler

End of over 11 (5 runs) Northern Districts 92/3
SB Styris    4* (4b)      HK Bennett    3-0-25-0
KS Williamson    24* (25b 1x6)      RJ Nicol    2-0-15-0

11.1

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, low full toss driven to long off

11.2

Nicol to Styris, 1 run, full and driven to long on

11.3

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, fullish in length and Williamson works to mid wicket

11.4

Nicol to Styris, no run, yorker length and Styris can't get it away for a single into a leg side

11.5

Nicol to Styris, 1 run, worked through mid wicket and Hira moves well to keep the scoring to one

11.6

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson is forward and closing the face on the ball into the mid wicket region where the man on the fence moves well to restrict the scoring to one

End of over 12 (5 runs) Northern Districts 97/3
KS Williamson    27* (28b 1x6)      RJ Nicol    3-0-20-0
SB Styris    6* (7b)      HK Bennett    3-0-25-0

12.1

Bennett to Williamson, FOUR, Williamson is deep in his crease and Bennett is too short and staright so he pulls over backward square for four

12.2

Bennett to Williamson, 1 run, yorker length and Williamson digs it out to mid off

12.3

Bennett to Styris, FOUR, Bennett goes short at the body of Styris and he pulls off the gloves and just over the keeper for four runs

12.4

Bennett to Styris, 1 run, good length on off stump and Styris plays late with soft hands to cover for one. Such an experienced duo for the Knights here

12.5

Bennett to Williamson, no run, good length outside off stump and Williamson tries to dab it to third man but he can't quite use the pace to beat backward point

12.6

Bennett to Williamson, 1 run, fuller nd straighter and Williamson moves well to access the mid wicket region

End of over 13 (11 runs) Northern Districts 108/3
KS Williamson    33* (32b 1x4 1x6)      HK Bennett    4-0-36-0
SB Styris    11* (9b 1x4)      RJ Nicol    3-0-20-0

13.1

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, low full toss which Williamson dances down to and works to mid wicket

13.2

Nicol to Styris, no run, Styris is beaten in flight from Nicol and is drawn out of his crease and Latham misses a crucial stumping chance

13.3

Nicol to Styris, 1 run, comes down the wicket again and cracks it to long off

13.4

Nicol to Williamson, 1 run, full and cracked through the leg side to the man on the square leg boundary

13.5

Nicol to Styris, 1 run, low full toss and Styris drives in the air towards long on and he's only keen on one

13.6

Nicol to Williamson, 2 runs, Williamson yorks himself as he tries to force through the off side and he drags it towards mid wicket and they steal two. Good running

End of over 14 (6 runs) Northern Districts 114/3
KS Williamson    37* (35b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Nicol    4-0-26-0
SB Styris    13* (12b 1x4)      HK Bennett    4-0-36-0

14.1

Ellis to Styris, 1 run, yorker length outside off stump from around the wicket and Styris gets low and sweeps off the bottom edge to short fine leg

14.2

Ellis to Williamson, FOUR, low full toss wide of off stump but Williamson walks across his stumps and cross-bats it to backward square leg for four

14.3

Ellis to Williamson, FOUR, slower ball well wide of off stump and he sweeps again behind square for four more. Great innovation from the normally orthodox Williamson

14.4

Ellis to Williamson, 1 run, yorker length just outside off stump and Williamson drives to long off

14.5

Ellis to Styris, FOUR, yorker length wide of off stump and Styris plays late and it takes the toe of the bat and rolls away to the third man boundary. Good option with third man inside the circle

14.6

Ellis to Styris, 1 run, full and wide and Styris square drives to deep point

End of over 15 (15 runs) Northern Districts 129/3
SB Styris    19* (15b 2x4)      AM Ellis    2-0-19-1
KS Williamson    46* (38b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Nicol    4-0-26-0

15.1

Hira to Styris, no run, darted into midd stump and Styris backs away to leg and drives to cover

15.2

Hira to Styris, 1 run, Styris backs away and Hira follws him as well as taking the pace off it and Styris works to mid wicket

15.3

Hira to Williamson, no run, short and wide and Williamson can't execute the cut well enough to find a gap - hitting the man at point

15.4

Hira to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson advances and lofts towards wide long off and they can only get one

15.5

Hira to Styris, 1 run, flat again and Styris plays uppishly into the covers

15.6

Hira to Williamson, FOUR, tossed up and off stump and Williamson drives all his weight through a sweetly-timed loften straight drive, over the bowlers' head for four. Fantastic batting to bring up his fifty

End of over 16 (7 runs) Northern Districts 136/3
KS Williamson    51* (41b 4x4 1x6)      RM Hira    3-0-27-0
SB Styris    21* (18b 2x4)      AM Ellis    2-0-19-1

16.1

Ellis to Styris, no run, perfect yorker from Ellis wide of off stump and Styris doesn't commit to his sweep and misses

16.2

Ellis to Styris, 1 run, yorker length wide of off stump and Styris drags it to long on

16.3

Ellis to Williamson, 2 runs, walks well across his stumps and slogs it to forward square leg for a couple to the man on the fence

16.4

Ellis to Williamson, 2 runs, fullish length well wide of off stump and Williamson slices it over cover for a couple

16.5

Ellis to Williamson, 2 runs, full outside off and Williamson chips it over cover again for a couple

16.6

Ellis to Williamson, 1 run, low full toss well wide of off stump and Williamson mis-times the drives to long off

End of over 17 (8 runs) Northern Districts 144/3
KS Williamson    58* (45b 4x4 1x6)      AM Ellis    3-0-27-1
SB Styris    22* (20b 2x4)      RM Hira    3-0-27-0

17.1

Hira to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson comes down the wicket and lofts back towards the bowler, Hira dives one-handed to his left but can't get to it

17.2

Hira to Styris, 1 run, Styris backs away to leg and tries to heave it over the leg side but he can only get the ball to long on

17.3

Hira to Williamson, FOUR, short and cut under the man at point for four

17.4

Hira to Williamson, 1 run, uses his feet again and drives to long off

17.5

Hira to Styris, SIX, Styris sits in the box and slogs it high over mid wicket for a maximum. The knights are building very well here

17.6

Hira to Styris, OUT, Styris stays at home again and waits for Hira's flatter one and he connects with a pull/slog but doesn't quite get enough on it to clear Nicol at long on

SB Styris c Nicol b Hira 29 (35m 23b 2x4 1x6) SR: 126.08

Fantastic partnership broken by the Wizards there.

End of over 18 (13 runs) Northern Districts 157/4
     RM Hira    4-0-40-1
KS Williamson    64* (48b 5x4 1x6)      AM Ellis    3-0-27-1

18.1

Ellis to Williamson, 1 run, full and wide and square driven to deep point

18.2

Ellis to Mitchell, 1 run, yorker length on off stump and driven powerfully to long off

18.3

Ellis to Williamson, FOUR, Williamson walks across his stumps again and Ellis allows him to get under it and the slog sweep works - one bounce four

18.4

Ellis to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson tries to slog this one over the leg side again but it takes a bottom edge and runs towards fine leg. Latham moves quickly to prevent the second

18.5

Ellis to Mitchell, 1 wide, far too wide from Ellis as Mitchell walks to the off side

18.5

Ellis to Mitchell, FOUR, Mitchell starts well wide of off stump and Ellis is much straighter this time which allows Mitchell to clip it fine for four

18.6

Ellis to Mitchell, 1 run, yorker length dug out to long on

Here's Logan van Beek to bowl his only over of the innings - the very last

End of over 19 (13 runs) Northern Districts 170/4
DJ Mitchell    6* (3b 1x4)      AM Ellis    4-0-40-1
KS Williamson    70* (51b 6x4 1x6)      RM Hira    4-0-40-1

19.1

van Beek to Mitchell, 1 run, slower ball is swung off the outside edge to third man

19.2

van Beek to Williamson, 2 runs, just full enough for Williamson to loft over mid on, the ball lands safely in the deep and the return hits the stumps and deflects away to allow the second

19.3

van Beek to Williamson, 1 run, yorker length driven to long off

19.4

van Beek to Mitchell, 1 run, van Beek just misses his length and Mitchell drives in the air towards long on but it bounces in front of the man in the deep

19.5

van Beek to Williamson, FOUR, yorker on off stump and Williamson sits back and uses the pace to play through third man

19.6

van Beek to Williamson, 2 runs, Williamson carves this one out through mid wicket for a couple to finish the innings

Fantastic innings from Kane Williamson has given the Knights a very competitive score. However, we won't know just how good 181 is until we see the Wizards' reply. Join us in a few minutes for the chase in this do-or-die Preliminary Final.

End of over 20 (11 runs) Northern Districts 181/4
KS Williamson    79* (55b 7x4 1x6)      LV van Beek    1-0-11-0
DJ Mitchell    8* (5b 1x4)      AM Ellis    4-0-40-1
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