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December 26, 2012
Wellington 213 for 5 (Woakes 55*, Ryder 47) beat Central Districts 160 for 5 (Sinclair 71) by 53 runs
Wellington piled on the runs at the Basin Reserve and despite a spirited response from Mathew Sinclair, Central Districts could not keep up with the asking-rate of nearly 12 an over. In a game shortened to 18 overs per side, Central Districts were made to rue their decision to ask Wellington to bat, as Tamim Iqbal smashed 35 of the 39 runs he and Jesse Ryder put on upfront in 3.4 overs. Ryder went berserk after Tamim's departure, carting five sixes in his 22-ball 47. By the time Ryder was bowled by Peter Trego, Wellington were 104 inside nine overs. Chris Woakes and Grant Elliott had further punishment in store for Central Districts. Woakes blitzed his way to an unbeaten 55 off 28 deliveries while Elliott was not far behind with 35 off 18.
Sinclair launched a flurry of fours as Central Districts zoomed to 108 for 1 in 11 overs but they were still well behind the asking-rat. The innings started to stagnate after Sinclair was stumped off Mark Houghton for 71 off 43. Kieran Noema-Barnett tried but the final margin, 53 runs, showed just how dominant Wellington's batsmen had been.
Northern Districts 142 for 4 (Styris 68*, Mills 2-17) beat Auckland 49 for 6 (Scott 2-4) by 23 runs (D/L method)
Scott Styris' six-hitting spree was the difference as Northern Districts remained top of the table after defeating Auckland in a match badly hit by rain at Eden Park. After Auckland chose to field, there were two interruptions early in Northern Districts' innings. The game was cut to 12 overs per side, after which Northern Districts lost two early wickets to Kyle Mills. Styris walked in at No. 4 and raced away with the game. He hammered eight sixes in making an unbeaten 68 off just 26 balls while opener Anton Devcich contributed 28. After another spell of rain, Auckland were handed a target of 73 in six overs. They could manage only 49 for 6.
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