Ford Trophy 2014-15 January 9, 2015

Santner fifty trumps Canterbury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mitchell Santner snapped up his third List A fifty © Getty Images

Two spinners competed against each other, with the bat though, and Mitchell Santner's quickfire half-century pipped Todd Astle's to secure Northern Districts' victory over Canterbury by four wickets.

Scott Kuggeleijn burst through the Centerbury top three after they had decided to bat. A brief period of stability under Brendon Diamanti, who made a patient 56 off 93 balls. It was built on by Astle's unbeaten 62 off 41 balls, with 11 fours and led an eighth wicket stand of 61 in 41 balls with Matt Henry. But Northern Districts' bowlers had done their job before that - none of them cost more than 6.22 to the over and four others picked up a wicket each - and restricted the score to 246.

The chase followed a similar stop-start beginning, brief recovery and final thrust. Logan van Beek and Matt Henry had Northern Districts at 71 for 3 in the 17th over before Daryl Mitchell eased the innings forward with 54 off 71 balls. His sedate pace was the perfect foil for Santner who struck 73 off 63 balls with 10 fours during a 110-run partnership. Neither man was able to stay till the end, which gave Kuggeleijn the chance to finish off what he started.