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All-round Nicol takes Canterbury home

Canterbury 145 for 5 (Nicol 52, Myburgh 37*) beat Auckland 144 for 6 (Bopara 55, Kitchen 31, Nicol 2-19) by five wickets
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Auckland slipped to their second consecutive defeat, against Canterbury at Colin Maiden Park, despite a quickfire half-century from Ravi Bopara. The Canterbury bowlers bowled economically, grabbing the first five wickets for 76 as the Auckland batsmen struggled to consolidate on starts. However, Bopara rescued them, adding 64 with Anaru Kitchen, and struck three fours and two sixes on his way to an unbeaten 55 to lift the team to 144. Rob Nicol was the pick of the Canterbury bowlers, taking 2 for 19 in four overs

The effort, though, proved inadequate, as opener Nicol starred with the bat, too, anchoring the Canterbury innings with a 35-ball 52, and Johann Myburgh held his nerve to score a run-a-ball 37 to guide his team to a five-wicket win with just one ball to spare. Canterbury lost their fifth wicket off the first ball of the final over but the pair of Myburgh and Kruger van Wyk, who struck a six in his three-ball nine, sealed Auckland's fate.