Auckland canter to 9-wicket victory
A disappointing batting display by Northern Districts ensured an easy 9- wicket victory for Auckland at the Westpac Park in Hamilton. Richard Jones, the Auckland captain scored an unbeaten 46 and was well supported by Paul Hitchcock and Martin Guptill as Auckland chased the modest target of 113 with just under five overs to spare.
Choosing to bat first, Northern Districts were in complete disarray after losing their first six wickets for just 43 runs. Tama Canning and Chris Martin rocked the top-order, sharing 4 wickets between them. Anton Devcich, coming in at number 8, top scored with 28, saving his team from the embarassment of being bowled out for less than 100.