HRV Cup 2009-10, 6th day

CD suffer first defeat, ND clinch thriller

Cricinfo staff

January 10, 2010

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Gareth Hopkins goes over the top, Auckland v Central Districts, HRV Cup 2009-10, Auckland, January 10, 2010
Gareth Hopkins led from the front for Auckland with a hurricane 71 off 44 balls © Getty Images
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Auckland captain Gareth Hopkins and Scott Styris combined well to end Central Districts' unbeaten run in the competition with a seven-wicket win at the Colin Maiden Park. Their unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 124 helped secure the victory with 10 balls to spare, after they had encountered early difficulties during thechase of 156 - slipping to 32 for 3 in the sixth over. However, Hopkins and Styris calmed nerves, with Hopkins blasting 71 of 44 balls, including four boundaries and an identical number of sixes. Styris though, was more measured, his 45 taking 36 deliveries, with three fours and two sixes. Put in by Auckland, opener Mathew Sinclair was solely responsible for carrying Central Districts to a respectable 155 for 9. His 54-ball 69, comprising 10 fours, failed to inspire the rest of his colleagues though. Colin de Grandhomme was the most successful bowler for Auckland, picking up 3 for 22, while Styris and Daryl Tuffey bagged two apiece.

Bradley Scott hit a last-ball six to enable Northern Districts edge out Canterbury by one wicket in a close encounter in Christchurch. Scott deposited seamer Ryan Burson over long on, when a four would have been good enough for the visitors. Together with tailender Brent Arnel they took 11 runs off the first five deliveries, including successive fours by Scott, before the left-arm seamer helped them claim an unexpected win. Chasing a modest 128, Northern Districts were in trouble at 75 for 8 in the 15th over before Tim Southee hit 32 off 16 balls, with five fours and one six. Along with Scott, who finished unbeaten on 20, they took 19 runs off the 18th over, before another 17 came off the last. Their late heroics overshadowed offspinner Rob Nicol's five-for. Asked to bat, Canterbury could manage 127 for 9, with Michael Papps and Johann Myburgh top scoring with 28 each, while allrounder Joseph Yovich took 3 for 26 and Southee 2 for 32.

Inclement weather meant no play was possible in the match between Otago and Wellington in Dunedin.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Central Districts 4 3 1 0 0 12 +0.309 663/80.0 625/78.2
Otago 4 2 1 0 1 10 +0.887 414/58.5 369/60.0
Auckland 4 2 2 0 0 8 +0.113 628/78.2 631/79.5
Northern Districts 4 2 2 0 0 8 -0.288 596/80.0 610/78.5
Wellington 4 1 2 0 1 6 +0.052 522/57.4 540/60.0
Canterbury 4 1 3 0 0 4 -0.811 551/79.5 599/77.4

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Results
Auckland v Canterbury at Auckland - Mar 29-Apr 1, 2010
Auckland won by 7 wickets
Central D v Northern D at Napier - Mar 29-Apr 1, 2010
Northern D won by 6 wickets
Wellington v Otago at Wellington - Mar 29-Apr 1, 2010
Match drawn
Auckland v Central D at Auckland - Mar 20-23, 2010
Auckland won by an innings and 93 runs
Canterbury v Wellington at Rangiora - Mar 20-23, 2010
Canterbury won by 5 wickets
Northern D v Otago at Whangarei - Mar 20-23, 2010
Match drawn
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