North Island v South Island, Island of Origin T20, Wellington February 28, 2016

Taylor, McClenaghan return in victorious North Island side

ESPNcricinfo staff

North Island 127 for 4 (Worker 53, Henry 3-22) beat South Island 126 (Brownlie 29, Sodhi 4-24) by six wickets

Mitchell McClenaghan returned after undergoing surgery for the facial fracture he suffered above his left eye © Getty Images

North Island breezed to victory in the Island of Origin T20, bowling out South Island for 126 and then chasing the target down with six wickets and seven overs to spare. While the North took away bragging rights without a doubt, most New Zealand cricket fans would be equally relieved to have Ross Taylor and Mitchell McClenaghan back in action with the World T20 around the corner. Both Taylor and McClenaghan had not played top-flight cricket due to injury since the limited-overs games against Pakistan over a month ago - Taylor had suffered a muscle tear in his left side, while McClenaghan was recovering after being struck on the face by a ball that burst through his helmet.

South Island chose to bat in the one-off T20, and were given a sprightly start by Tom Latham and Dean Brownlie, getting to 35 in three and a half overs. That's when the pair was separated, and from thereon, the South could not string together anything resembling a steady partnership. Fast man Adam Milne and seam-bowling allrounder Jimmy Neesham combined with the legspin of Ish Sodhi to knock over regular wickets as no partnership thereafter crossed 16. Even McClenaghan chipped in with a late wicket as the South were bowled out for 126 with four balls to spare.

Tearaway Matt Henry, the most effective of the South's bowlers, did strike an early blow - he had Anton Devcich caught for 6 - but a 63-run stand followed between George Worker (53) and Colin Munro to give the chase a solid base. The foundations of that base were severely rocked when Henry returned to have Munro and Grant Elliott (out for a duck) both caught behind in the ninth over, reducing the North to 87 for 4, but Taylor was at hand to steer them home. He struck 26 off 16 with three fours as the North romped home in 13 overs.

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  • Android on February 29, 2016, 9:34 GMT

    @kiwiinauz - I remember Bevan Small clocking 150 in the u19 world cup about four or five years ago... I haven't heard much since but do see he is still playing for CD... Other than that only Lachie Ferguson, and maybe Natal is the Canterbury bowler a previous commenter was referring to?

  • Joseph Joe Sharp on February 29, 2016, 7:08 GMT

    How Henry is missing from the T20 world cup squad il never know!

  • Blake on February 29, 2016, 6:05 GMT

    @KIWIINAUS - good question, and the only person who can answer it is 'kiwicricketnut' he has a keen eye on the upcoming talent in the domestic scene. Hopefully he will see your comment and respond.

  • Blake on February 29, 2016, 6:04 GMT

    @BLAIREYED - good comment, they need to tweak the format for the North vs South series.

  • Jon on February 29, 2016, 5:58 GMT

    kiwiinauz, there's no one that can push 150 like Milne, but Auckland's Lockie Ferguson is supposedly pretty quick.

  • reuben on February 29, 2016, 5:43 GMT

    There is a quick leftie coming up in Canterbury I believe, not sure of his name though

  • Mark on February 29, 2016, 3:22 GMT

    Can anyone tell me if there are any up and coming Adam Milne type quicks on the domestic scene in NZ at the moment?

  • Yasein on February 29, 2016, 2:39 GMT

    Will be very disappointing to not see Matt Henry at the t20 world cup. Hopefully, some last minute arrangements allow him to slide in the squad

  • blair on February 28, 2016, 22:20 GMT

    Would be neat to see this played as three matches over a weekend two games on the first day and potentially a decider on the Sunday. Have a bigger squad so players can be changed between games. Maybe add a requirement for an under 19 and an over 40 in each squad.

  • Ryan on February 28, 2016, 19:57 GMT

    Hamish Bennett had an average game, several wayward deliveries not acceptable at top level cricket.

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