Mark: "Maybe the Phantom will have to come out and save the day" That would have been a thrilling finish...

Despite the late jitters, it is Auckland who have deservedly claimed the New Zealand domestic one-day title in front of their home crowd. They dominated this game from the 10-over mark of Canterbury's innings onward, skittling an experienced line-up for 139 before their top-order set up what should have been a comfortable win. Some unnecessary dismissals meant it didn't quite happen that way, but in the end the title is deserved. With two one-day titles, two Twenty20 titles and a one-day final appearance in the last 3 seasons, it is safe to say that Auckland are the best limited-overs side in New Zealand, and showed that again today.

It's post-match presentation time. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) board member Bill Francis gives an update on Jesse Ryder's improved condition, which pleases the crowd. After the sponsor's platitudes, the captains are called up.

Here's Andrew Ellis, who is very disappointed but pleased with his side's fight in defence of their total. He is confident his side have the right blend of youth and experience for future seasons.

Gareth Hopkins is delighted with trophy success after their failure to defend their HRV Cup title, and in particular happy with Chris Martin and Kyle Mills setting the tone throughout the campaign with the ball. He also congratulates the batsmen for their hundreds during the season. Hopkins is presented the trophy and the Auckland squad pose for photographs.

That is the final domestic match of the New Zealand season. There are however the New Zealand Under 19 fixtures and the National Club Championships at Auckland's Cornwall Park still to run before the cricket season has run its course. It is on that note that I, Avi Singh, will sign off from scoring and commentary duties for today's game and leave you all to enjoy the rest of your Sunday, hoping you enjoyed the live coverage on ESPNcricinfo of today's Final. Wishing Jesse Ryder the best recovery possible, it's goodbye from us. Ta!

25.1
4
Ellis to Hopkins, FOUR runs, fittingly it's the Auckland skipper Gareth Hopkins who hits the winning runs against one of his former provincial sides, Ellis rolled the fingers on it and Hopkins punched aerially, but through the gap in the ring and out to the cover boundary

END OF OVER:
25 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | AUCK: 139/7 (1 run required from 25 overs, RR: 5.56, RRR: 0.04)

  • BP Martin8 (4b)
  • GJ Hopkins30 (56b)
  • RJ McCone8-0-31-3
  • AM Ellis6-1-30-2
24.6
0
McCone to Martin, no run, fiery bouncer which tails back in at Martin and skims the peak of the helmet as he tries to sway out of the way, but too little too late
24.5
4
McCone to Martin, FOUR runs, Bruce Martin has certainly played a key part in this game even if not in the way he expected, shortish outside off and he thumps it through the covers out to the boundary
24.4
4
McCone to Martin, FOUR runs, what a stroke to play, the tension was building and Bruce Martin has burst the bubble with a glorious drive straight down the ground to an overpitched ball on off
24.3
0
McCone to Martin, no run, lovely ball first up, Bruce Martin hops around before squeezing it out off leg stump as it tails back in

Bruce Martin to have his first notable involvement in this final after not being required at the bowling crease during Canterbury's innings

24.2
W
McCone to Mills, OUT, well well, another wicket and can Canterbury conjure something out of nothing here? It was good length around off, Mills went for a big heave and dragged it onto the base of middle stump
24.1
0
McCone to Mills, no run, Mills is forward on middle and defends, this one-day match has fluctuated between Twenty20 and first-class passages of play

END OF OVER:
24 | (maiden) | AUCK: 131/6 (9 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.45, RRR: 0.34)

  • GJ Hopkins30 (56b)
  • KD Mills2 (2b)
  • AM Ellis6-1-30-2
  • RJ McCone7-0-23-2
23.6
0
Ellis to Hopkins, no run, firm forward defence to end a maiden over
23.5
0
Ellis to Hopkins, no run, punched to off
23.4
0
Ellis to Hopkins, no run, beaten with one that cuts the other way outside off this time, Ellis has extracted considerable deviation from this track and ball
23.3
0
Ellis to Hopkins, no run, more appreciable seam movement back into the right-hander, Hopkins adjusts well to tap it down to off
23.2
0
Ellis to Hopkins, no run, firmly punched down to mid-off
23.1
0
Ellis to Hopkins, no run, beaten outside off as he feels for it, Auckland finishing this with a bit of a stagger

END OF OVER:
23 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | AUCK: 131/6 (9 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.69, RRR: 0.33)

  • KD Mills2 (2b)
  • GJ Hopkins30 (50b)
  • RJ McCone7-0-23-2
  • AM Ellis5-0-30-2
22.6
2
McCone to Mills, 2 runs, late cuts a short ball outside off through backward point and Bennett is committed on the rope to haul the ball back in
22.5
0
McCone to Mills, no run, defends into the off side
22.4
W
McCone to Grobbelaar, OUT, superb catch from Peter Fulton! He is loving his time in Auckland, this was angled across the right-hander outside off, Grobbelaar felt for it and edged, Fulton at first slip got down low to his left and plucked a one-handed slip catch with ease
22.3
0
McCone to Grobbelaar, no run, defends off the front foot
22.2
5
McCone to Hopkins, 5 runs, oh dear, Hopkins went back and tried to hook a ball outside off which got too big on him, barely kept it down, rolled behind square, Fulton flung a throw at the non-striker's end, Hopkins was out had he hit, instead he misses and no one is backing up so four overthrows are tacked onto the initially risky single
22.1
0
McCone to Hopkins, no run, defends once more to off

END OF OVER:
22 | 4 Runs | AUCK: 124/5 (16 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.63, RRR: 0.57)

  • DJ Grobbelaar4 (6b)
  • GJ Hopkins25 (48b)
  • AM Ellis5-0-30-2
  • RJ McCone6-0-16-1
21.6
0
Ellis to Grobbelaar, no run, defends off the back foot to leg
21.5
2
Ellis to Grobbelaar, 2 runs, reaches outside off and takes the bottom hand off as it skews through backward point
21.4
0
Ellis to Grobbelaar, no run, again plays securely into the covers
21.3
0
Ellis to Grobbelaar, no run, defends off the front foot into the covers
21.2
0
Ellis to Grobbelaar, no run, gets forward and defends towards mid-on, sets off for a single but is hurriedly sent back as the fielder swoops, bowler has a shy at the striker's end too
21.1
2
Ellis to Grobbelaar, 2 runs, banged in short and hooked towards deep backward square, rolled the wrists on it well

Auckland 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st20TG McIntoshAK Kitchen
2nd41GJ HopkinsAK Kitchen
3rd34GJ HopkinsCraig Cachopa
4th23GJ HopkinsC Munro
5th2GJ HopkinsC de Grandhomme
6th9GJ HopkinsDJ Grobbelaar
7th2GJ HopkinsKD Mills
8th12GJ HopkinsBP Martin