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January 26, 2012
Auckland went to top spot in the tournament with a crushing win against Northern Districts at Colin Maiden Park. The Ford Trophy was resuming after more than a month's break for the HRV Cup and Auckland re-started their campaign by winning by eight wickets and 199 balls to spare. The result was set up by fast bowler, Mitchell McClenaghan, who took a career best 5 for 30 to rout Northern Districts for 99. McClenaghan was also involved in the run out of the opposition's top-scorer, Daryl Mitchell for 38. The innings ended in 30.4 overs. Anaru Kitchen then scored an unbeaten 55 off 45 balls to help Auckland knock off the target of 100 in 16.5 overs. Auckland now have four wins in six games, with one defeat and one no result. Northern Districts are bottom of the league.
Canterbury beat Wellington by 19 runs at Basin Reserve to move past Otago to second place in the competition. Wellington were fifth. Tom Latham scored 130 off 119 balls to rescue Canterbury's innings after they had slipped from 40 for 0 to 40 for 3. Wellington's fast bowler Mark Gillespie had taken three wickets in four balls in the ninth over. Opener Rob Nicol, who scored 55, added 104 runs with Latham, who was eventually dismissed only in the final over, having led Canterbury to 306 for 8. Latham hit 14 fours and three sixes in his innings. Wellington lost two early wickets in the chase but Stephen Murdoch scored a brisk century to put the innings back on course. However, he did not have substantial support from his team-tames - James Franklin's 36 was the next best score. Murdoch was eventually out for 122 of 128 balls in the 44th over. Wellington were 241 for 6 at the time and could only manage to reach 287. Ryan McCone finished with 4 for 63.
The match at Invercargill was washed out after eight overs. Otago had put Central Districts in and reduced them to 34 for 3 before the rain came. Otago are third and Central Districts fourth in the league.
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