Canterbury fall short despite Harris's ton
Auckland 198 for 4 (Hitchcock 77, Vincent 47) beat Canterbury 183 for 6 (Harris 100, Papps 53) by 15 runs
Chris Harris's ton went in vain as Canterbury went down by 15 runs in a high-scoring encounter against Auckland at Christchurch. Harris fell for an exact 100, off 52 balls as Canterbury gave the opposition some anxious moments in their chase of 198.
Auckland won the toss and batted first and the innings was dominated by an opening stand of 98 between Lou Vincent (47) and Paul Hitchcock (77). Rob Nicol's 47 off 25 balls lifted the total close to the 200-run mark. In reply, Harris and Michael Papps (53) made a push for the target with a stand of 66 for the third wicket. However, the batsmen failed to keep pace with the required rate after the partnership was broken. Harris's knock, the first Twenty20 ton of the season, included eight fours and six sixes and was dismissed in the final over.