The Ford Trophy, Final: Auckland v Canterbury at Auckland, Mar 31, 2013
Auckland won by 3 wickets (with 149 balls remaining)
31 March 2013 (50-over match)

CS Martin to Worker, OUT, the old stager strikes with a lovely delivery, good length on middle and just nipping away from Worker, who nibbles and gets a healthy edge into the cordon where de Grandhomme at second slip takes a waist-high catch in front of his first slipper

GH Worker c de Grandhomme b CS Martin 0 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Canterbury 2/1   RJ Nicol 2* (6b)   CS Martin 0.5-0-0-1

de Grandhomme to Fulton, OUT, what a way to go, Nicol was backing up with his bat in the wrong hand and had no chance to get back as Fulton drilled a straight drive into the stumps at the non-striker's end, de Grandhomme managed to get a fingertip on the ball before it cannoned into the stumps. Bowlers will say that is justice

RJ Nicol run out 12 (51m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.37

Canterbury 58/2   PG Fulton 41* (35b 4x4 3x6)   C de Grandhomme 0.4-0-4-0

Bates to Fulton, OUT, Canterbury lose their two set batsmen in successive overs, Fulton charged down and skied the attempted mow over cover with a high leading-edge straight down the throat of third man

PG Fulton c CS Martin b Bates 41 (48m 40b 4x4 3x6) SR: 102.50

Canterbury 59/3   DG Brownlie 0* (1b)   MD Bates 1.3-0-5-1

Bates to Brownlie, OUT, angled across Brownlie, wafts away from his body, Hopkins collects behind the stumps and Auckland go up as one, adamant that he has nicked it, the umpires choose to check upstairs, which they can do themselves in the playing conditions. Replays show a healthy deviation off the bat, Brownlie has to go for a duck as Canterbury lose three international batsmen in the space of seven balls

DG Brownlie c †Hopkins b Bates 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Canterbury 59/4   TWM Latham 0* (0b)   MD Bates 1.4-0-5-2

CS Martin to Stewart, OUT, another former New Zealand batsman departs for Canterbury! Madness at the Eden Park Outer Oval, it was a half-volley on leg and Stewart fell over as he flicked uppishly, it looked to be going for four until Munro leapt like a salmon to take a stunning two-handed take to his right at square leg

SL Stewart c Munro b CS Martin 1 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Canterbury 60/5   TWM Latham 0* (0b)   CS Martin 4.2-1-32-2

Grobbelaar to Ellis, OUT, poor stroke from the Canterbury captain costs him his wicket, tried to repeat the previous stroke but again couldn't get right underneath it and it settled safely in the hands of Bates at mid-on

AM Ellis c Bates b Grobbelaar 17 (52m 35b 1x4 0x6) SR: 48.57

Canterbury 103/6   TWM Latham 23* (44b 1x4)   DJ Grobbelaar 3.3-0-8-1

Grobbelaar to Hira, OUT, Hira departs without scoring and that was not a well-advised shot, full outside off and Hira pushed at it without moving his feet, nicked it through to Hopkins who made no mistake this time

RM Hira c †Hopkins b Grobbelaar 0 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Canterbury 111/7   TWM Latham 31* (49b 2x4)   DJ Grobbelaar 4.4-0-15-2

Grobbelaar to Latham, OUT, oh dear, Latham has sold his partner down the river here, a run out when you are 115 for 7 in a final batting first is not advisable! He came forward and drove firmly into the covers, set off immediately but Kitchen swooped with two hands and Henry was well out as Hopkins removed the bails. Latham seemed to have thought he beat the fielder there - he was sadly mistaken

MJ Henry run out 2 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Canterbury 115/8   TWM Latham 32* (53b 2x4)   DJ Grobbelaar 5.3-0-18-2

Bates to Latham, OUT, Auckland have been smoking hot in the field, Hopkins' drop aside, and here Latham's innings is ended as Canterbury's last hope departs, it was full outside off and Latham attempted to go over the top, skied the drive high and looked to have cleared mid-off, de Grandhomme ran backwards and importantly side-on to keep an eye on the ball, dived one-handed behind him and plucked it before retaining control as he fell, an absolute screamer of a catch

TWM Latham c de Grandhomme b Bates 42 (90m 61b 2x4 1x6) SR: 68.85

Canterbury 131/9   RJ McCone 6* (11b 1x4)   MD Bates 5.3-0-22-3

Mills to Bennett, OUT, Auckland have steamrollered Canterbury for 139 in the Ford Trophy final, Bennett the last to go, flashes a cut at a wide ball outside off and Hopkins dives in front of McIntosh to take the rising delivery

HK Bennett c †Hopkins b Mills 0 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Canterbury 139/10   RJ McCone 14* (14b 3x4)   KD Mills 6.5-0-12-1





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