Peter McGlashan stuns Wellington
Peter McGlashan of Northern Districts fell just six runs short of what would've been the first century in New Zealand's Twenty20 competition as his side defeated Wellington in a high scoring match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Chasing Wellington's 185, McGlashan faced just 49 balls for his 94, with nine boundaries and three sixes. He shared a second wicket partnership of 124 with Nick Horsely, the opener, who scored 51. For Wellington, Chris Nevin, the opener, got his team off to a good start, scoring 45 off just 17 balls with three sixes. Grant Elliot and James Franklin put on fifty runs in just 12 minutes towards the end to take their team to 185. Graham Aldridge took 4 wickets for Northern Districts, including that of Stephen Fleming early in the innings.
A Canterbury line-up studded with national stars defeated Otago comfortably by 6 wickets in the inaugural Twenty20 league match at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Chasing Otago's total of 153, Craig McMillan led the charge scoring 47 off 32 balls with six boundaries and shared a fifty partnership with Chris Cairns. Peter Fulton and Chris Harris guided Canterbury to the target with over three overs to spare. Earlier, the Otago innings was rocked by Carl Anderson, the Canterbury left-arm spinner, who took three wickets for just 15 runs off his four overs. Jonathan Trott top-scored for Otago with 35 and Greg Todd struck two boundaries and sixes for his 28 off 13 balls.