Sixth straight win for Otago
Wellington 190 for 2 (Iqbal 74, Ryder 37, Orton 37) beat Canterbury 133 (Ellis 48, Tugaga 4-18, Woodcock 3-36) by 57 runs
An aggressive knock of 74 from Tamim Iqbal and a spell of 4 for 18 from seamer Ili Tugaga led Wellington to a comfortable 57-run win over Canterbury in Rangiora, and took them to second in the points table.
In 7.1 overs, their openers Jesse Ryder and Tamim put on 71 runs to establish a platform for domination. Spinner Ronnie Hira ended the stand by getting Ryder out for 37, but another one, worth 77, ensued, till Iqbal was dismissed in the 16th over. By then, they were cruising at 148 for 2, and to boost the rate Michael Papps scored 32 off 17 deliveries towards the end to get his team to 190.
Canterbury lost wickets in a hurry. Tugaga destroyed the top order as the first four batsmen in their line-up scored 18 runs together. After 10.3 overs, they were reduced to 60 for 5. Middle-order batsman Andrew Ellis scored 48, but when he got out in the 15th over, the contest was virtually over. Thirty-year old left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock was the other bowler to prove effective, claiming three wickets.
Otago 194 for 4 (Ten Doeschate 59, McCullum 50) beat Central Districts 101 by 93 runs
A 95-run stand between Ryan ten Doeschate and Nathan McCullum, both of whom scored half-centuries, and a combined bowling effort helped Otago inflict a 93-run win over Central Districts at the University Oval in Dunedin. The win, Otago's sixth this season, consolidates their position at the top of the table, while Central Districts' sixth loss kept them at the bottom.
Chasing a stiff 195, Central Districts lacked a steadying hand to halt the collapse. Only four batsmen scored in double-figures, with opener Jeet Raval, who made his Twenty20 debut, top scoring with 20. By the 17th over, they were bowled out for 101. The wickets were shared around, with seamers James Fuller and Jimmy Neesham, and spinners Nathan McCullum and Nick Beard, all taking two wickets each.
The win was set up by a commanding batting performance from Otago. At the halfway mark in their innings, they were scoring at a run rate of 7.5 per over, but ten Doeschate, who scored an unbeaten 59, and McCullum struck eight sixes and six fours between them to boost the rate. The final total of 194 for 4 proved enough to defend.
Auckland 180 for 5 (Grandhomme 66*, Hopkins 57) beat Northern Districts 152 for 6 (Steven Croft 48, Bates 3-19, Mills 2-19) by 28 runs
A blistering knock from Colin de Grandhomme and restrictive bowling from Michael Bates and Kyle Mills carved a 28-run win for Auckland over Northern Districts in Mount Maunganui.
Set a target of 181, Northern Districts managed 152 in their 20 overs led by Steven Croft and Brad Wilson (39). Michael Bates and Kyle Mills, both gave only 19 runs each in their four overs and picked up five wickets together. They were ably supported by Bhupinder Singh (1-22) who also gave less than six runs per over and picked up the wicket of Wilson.
Earlier, when Auckland were put in to bat, they lost their openers within six overs for 37. Captain Gareth Hopkins led the side from there, first with Anaru Kitchen and then with Grandhomme. Grandhomme smashed an unbeaten 30-ball 66 which included eight fours and two sixes and pushed the run-rate from under seven to nine when their innings ended.
Auckland picked up four points from the match and moved to fourth place in the points table.