Champions League Twenty20, 8th Match, Group A: Central Districts v Victoria at Centurion, Sep 15, 2010
Champions League Twenty20 - 8th match, Group A
Victoria won by 7 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Played at SuperSport Park, Centurion (neutral venue)
15 September 2010 (20-over match)

Time to start now. It looks like an empty stadium, which is a shame because it looks a nice sunny day. Peter Ingram and Jamie How to open. Peter Siddle to bowl

1.25pm Time enough for a few emails before we begin. Tim Smith says: "I really hope that Central Districts can lift there game for this one, they are without two of there major players (oram and Taylor) and now they loose another two? c'mon make us kiwis proud and beat the aussies!" Also some Aussies have written in with the TV station that this match is on. Of course I won't tell you guys. No TV = more Cricinfo

1.20pm Back to Bryce, I like how that horrible Test debut has had no effect on the joy he derives from the game. "It's eight o'clock on a Saturday morning and I'm out on the park," he says. "The grass is wet, my mates are there - you have played footy with them in the winter, now cricket in the summer - and you are so happy to be just out there. The smell of the ball, the park, the joy in turning the ball, my mates... There's nothing better than being a legspinner. I was always a spinner right from a young age. It's a joy. That's why I play this game." Good on ya Bryce. And again, the full interview is here

1.15pm As we wait for the start of the game, Paul has an interesting question. "Hey cricinfo, answer me this! Who is that weird llooking Indian chap on the intro to the champions league coverage? The logos swirl around the screen and he's holding a cricket ball. Also, whats with the pathetic official song that they also used last year? Naughty" The weird looking Indian chap, sir, is [I should really be saying "was"] one of the greatest Bollywood actors, Amitabh Bachchan. It is possible that the current generation might know him just as a salesman. Because, well, that's what he does nowadays

And Sheldon writes what is music to our ears (Mixed metaphor I know. Just nudging Alter. G). "sadly australians aren't able to watch this live =( but luckily for cricinfo you will get a large audience today!"

Team news Brad Hodge is ill and not playing today. Central Districts have a couple of illnesses of their own. Two of their fast bowlers, Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan, are out too.

If you scroll up, you will find that the XIs have been updated. One of the inclusions I am excited about is Bryce McGain, the legspinner. Sriram Veera had a nice chat with him, which you can read here. I remember meeting Bryce when he was down in Bangalore for Australia's A tour two years ago, and he wanted to know things cricketers are generally not interested in. "Where is this rain coming from?" he asked me. I said, "Why? The sea." And he was like, "Oh really? I didn't know." In the end he would have nothing less than a proper description of south-western and north-eastern monsoon for an answer.

1pm Time for toss. David Hussey spins the coin [don't know how they decide who will spin, for neither of them is the home side]. Jamie How has called correctly and chosen to bat. Hussey is disappointed again that he hasn't got the gold coin that the captain winning the toss gets. Other minor disadvantages of losing the toss are, well, minor.

12.55pm Game eight of CL. This is of the Trans-Tasman variety: Victoria against Central Districts. It's 10.55pm in Napier and 8.55pm in Melbourne. So enough time there to watch this or follow it on Cricinfo before hitting the sack. That's not to say that people from other places are not welcome to follow it here.

The last week was a good one for sport between New Zealand and Australia. As our preview says, 70,288 were at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney to watch the All Blacks beat the Wallabies 23-22 in an epic rugby Test. Also the women's netball teams played out nearly a dream series-decider in Auckland: 22-22 at halftime, 31-31 at the end of the third quarter, with Australia winning 46-40 in the end. Can this one get close in terms of excitement?


Siddle to Ingram, 1 wide, starts off with a wide outside off. Siddle, remember, is playing his first game back from injury

Two slips there


Siddle to Ingram, OUT, he is gone! He couldn't have picked out the fielder better. This was a gentle length ball, into the pads, he clipped it away square, but found the man to the left of the square-leg umpire. Ingram will be kicking himself

PJ Ingram c Hastings b Siddle 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Tim Weston is the new man in


Siddle to Weston, 2 runs, and he starts off with a steer to third man, wide of second slip, and comes back for two


Siddle to Weston, OUT, that's two wickets in three balls, and Sid has hardly been Vicious! Weston tries that steer to third man again, a shot full of danger with two slips in place. This one is not quite close to him, and takes the edge straight to second slip

TI Weston c McDonald b Siddle 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Mathew Sinclair is the new man in


Siddle to Sinclair, no run, starts off with a defensive shot off the back foot


Siddle to Sinclair, 1 run, presses forward to push this wide of cover


Siddle to How, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 1 (4 runs) Central Districts 4/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • JM How 0 (1b)
    • MS Sinclair 1 (2b)
    • PM Siddle 1-0-4-2

Ben Hunter: "watching this T20 Champions league i cant help but be disappointed by some of the quality on show, the aussies indians and south africans have put on good games, but Guyana and Central District have looked totally outclassed and really shouldnt be here ruins the enjoyment!" Nannes the Menace to bowl meanwhile


Nannes to Sinclair, 4 leg byes, and he has begun exactly like he did in the first match, with an inswinger sliding down the leg, and going for four leg-byes


Nannes to Sinclair, no run, pushes this one across and Sinclair defends


Nannes to Sinclair, no run, tries the bouncer, slightly down the leg side, but not called wide


Nannes to Sinclair, no run, looks to cut this one, but the ball gets a bit big on him and also cramps him


Nannes to Sinclair, no run, slight swing into the pads, hits him on the thigh pad


Nannes to Sinclair, FOUR, Skippy shows some confidence here, and this one was asking to be hit too. Full and wide, and he smashes it over point

End of over 2 (8 runs) Central Districts 12/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • MS Sinclair 5 (8b 1x4)
    • JM How 0 (1b)
    • DP Nannes 1-0-4-0
    • PM Siddle 1-0-4-2

Siddle to How, 1 no ball, back of a length, around off, and it's a big no-ball. Don't make any NOTW jokes please


Siddle to How, SIX, and a rare six off a free hit! Expecting a short ball he goes deep into the crease, and pulls/swings it straight over long-on


Siddle to How, 1 run, looking to tuck him up, How tucks it behind square for one


Siddle to Sinclair, 1 wide, big wide! Suppose it might have needed Pollard standing on the shoulders of Pollard to reach it


Siddle to Sinclair, no run, shortish, around off, pushed to point

Bryn Jones: "Ben Hunter, i disagree. This tourney is an opportunity for the so called lesser players and teams to match it with the best and rise to the occasion. I think its great for everyone"


Siddle to Sinclair, FOUR, punched away for four, always good to watch. Stands tall, right on top of bounce, and between point and cover-point


Siddle to Sinclair, no run, fuller and straighter, turned to square leg

The other Ben makes a point too. "It doesn't help that CD is missing Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram," he says. "I get the feeling that if this CD side had played in the NZ domestic T20 competition it wouldn't have come close to winning it."


Siddle to Sinclair, 1 run, good-old tip-and-run, and before cover comes in they have made the run

End of over 3 (14 runs) Central Districts 26/2 (RR: 8.66)

    • MS Sinclair 10 (12b 2x4)
    • JM How 7 (4b 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 2-0-18-2
    • DP Nannes 1-0-4-0

Rahul Paharia: "The guy you called a "salesman" has just won a national award for best actor" Good on ya, AB


Nannes to Sinclair, no run, looks to turn this to leg, the wrist turns early, and the leading edge hits him in the chest area


Nannes to Sinclair, no run, shoulders arms outside off

I have already lost one reader, and it has got nothing to do with my commentary. "Well I hope that Central Districts can get up and put in a good performance but this already seems to have an air of inevitability about it," Mark says "I'm afraid that with work in the morning there is not enough to keep me up. I'll check the result in the morning."


Nannes to Sinclair, no run, looks to cut, but is cramped up, and the ball hardly goes off the pitch


Nannes to Sinclair, FOUR, Skippy is putting in a fight here. Charges down at Dirk, who digs this one in short. The bounce is slow and spongy and he cuts it over the infield, in front of square


Nannes to Sinclair, no run, length ball, around off, defended off the back foot

Nannes seems to be having some problem with the landing area. The back foot is sort of slipping


Nannes to Sinclair, no run, and Nannes takes a fall as he delivers this one. Sinclair pushes a fullish delivery to cover

End of over 4 (4 runs) Central Districts 30/2 (RR: 7.50)

    • MS Sinclair 14 (18b 3x4)
    • JM How 7 (4b 1x6)
    • DP Nannes 2-0-8-0
    • PM Siddle 2-0-18-2

Momentarily Nannes is off the field, and his shoes off his feet. Clint McKay to bowl now


McKay to How, no run, length ball, around off, driven to mid-off


McKay to How, no run, again decent drive, but finds mid-off


McKay to How, no run, full and wide outside off, and he leaves it alone


McKay to How, no run, shorter, into the body, looks to turn it to leg, but fails to make connection


McKay to How, no run, slower legcutter, nicely bowled, around off, pushed to point


McKay to How, no run, maiden over! Just can't find the gaps, is looking for a single behind square, but hits it to point

End of over 5 (maiden) Central Districts 30/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • JM How 7 (10b 1x6)
    • MS Sinclair 14 (18b 3x4)
    • CJ McKay 1-1-0-0
    • DP Nannes 2-0-8-0

Ross, too, has a point: "It's not like mismatched teams don't meet in the other Champions League too! *Barca 5 - 1 Panathinaikos*" John Hastings, aka The Duke, to bowl


Hastings to Sinclair, no run, looks to cut, has the width, but not enough bounce, and it goes off the bottom edge to the keeper


Hastings to Sinclair, no run, 10th dot ball in a row, hit straight to cover. Pressure


Hastings to Sinclair, OUT, and the pressure shows! Sinclair looks to cut this, this is neither too short nor too wide, and the slight extra bounce gets the edge, which a diving Wade expects

MS Sinclair c †Wade b Hastings 14 (24m 21b 3x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

George Worker is the new batsman now. Ian Bishop on air: "There is a lot of work to do for Worker." I don't think he meant it that way


Hastings to Worker, 1 wide, and the wide down the leg side breaks a sequence of 11 dots


Hastings to Worker, no run, dot ball again, clipped off the pads, but straight to short fine


Hastings to Worker, 1 run, this time he beats the short fine leg, but gets just a single, to deep square


Hastings to How, 1 run, runs this down to third man for a single

End of over 6 (3 runs) Central Districts 33/3 (RR: 5.50)

    • JM How 8 (11b 1x6)
    • GH Worker 1 (2b)
    • JW Hastings 1-0-3-1
    • CJ McKay 1-1-0-0

Sapho: "And you won't find nil nil matches in this champions league. Like in 'life', if it is borring, it will be over quickly!" I like "life" in quote marks


McKay to How, no run, looks to turn this to leg from outside off, is hit high on the pad


McKay to How, 1 run, slipping down the leg side, goes for a single

Mark is gone one for sure. 'Well I'm still here. I'm keen to see Skippy come good and when he hit a couple of boundaries I thought just maybe this was the day. But now Skippy's gone so this time I'm definitely skipping off too!" Ciao


McKay to Worker, no run, looks to cut this but is cramped for room


McKay to Worker, no run, pushed with an open face, to backward point


McKay to Worker, 2 runs, lovely work by Carters at sweeper-cover as he runs to his right, then slides, fields and throws in one motion. At least one run saved


McKay to Worker, 2 runs, clipped off the pads

End of over 7 (5 runs) Central Districts 38/3 (RR: 5.42)

    • GH Worker 5 (6b)
    • JM How 9 (13b 1x6)
    • CJ McKay 2-1-5-0
    • JW Hastings 1-0-3-1

Hastings to How, no run, slower ball, what's more, it's a shooter too, beating him outside off


Hastings to How, 1 run, square-driven, just wide of a flying Hussey at point, but gets only a single to third man


Hastings to Worker, 1 run, short, on the pads, worked away for one


Hastings to How, FOUR, shot! Short and wide, cut away powerfully, sweeper-cover doesn't have much to travel, but even a desperate dive can't save four


Hastings to How, no run, wide and full, but it's a slower ball and he ends up swinging early


Hastings to How, no run, runs this square of the wicket, but straight to point

End of over 8 (6 runs) Central Districts 44/3 (RR: 5.50)

    • JM How 14 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • GH Worker 6 (7b)
    • JW Hastings 2-0-9-1
    • CJ McKay 2-1-5-0

Ryan: "So CD are missing Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram and you think they wouldn't qualify. NSW had to play the big bash without Phil Hughes, Simon Katich, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark and Doug Bollinger. They really are disadvantaged compared to the other teams in Australia, when it comes to qualification!" It would have been nice to have NSW here, but South Australia haven't done badly either. Andrew McDonald to bowl now


McDonald to Worker, no run, wide outside off, moving away from the leftie, beats his drive


McDonald to Worker, no run, shorter, closer to the stumps, pushed to point


McDonald to Worker, 1 run, length ball, around off, pushed to long-off for one

Keeper comes up for How


McDonald to How, no run, close to off, no room, short of driving length, pushed back to the bowler


McDonald to How, no run, slower ball now, again no room, another dot ball


McDonald to How, no run, another dot, How has pushed this length ball back to the bowler

CD are stuck here. They need to make things happen. Pretty soon

End of over 9 (1 run) Central Districts 45/3 (RR: 5.00)

    • JM How 14 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • GH Worker 7 (10b)
    • AB McDonald 1-0-1-0
    • JW Hastings 2-0-9-1

Of course what Ryan ssaid earlier reinforces what is often said about NSW. As Paul writes in, "Yeah but playing with NSW = automatic aussie team hat!" Bryce McGain to bowl now


McGain to Worker, 2 runs, starts off short, is pulled wide of long-on


McGain to Worker, no run, slightly fuller, Worker is stuck on the back foot and defends


McGain to Worker, no run, looks for the paddle, it isn't full enough and he is hit on the pad


McGain to Worker, no run, he slides this wider outside off to beat the attempted sweep, and he does so


McGain to Worker, 1 run, this one is closer to off, and he slog-sweeps along the ground


McGain to How, no run, presses forward and defends, playing for the turn, which isn't there. Gets an inside edge onto the pad

End of over 10 (3 runs) Central Districts 48/3 (RR: 4.80)

    • JM How 14 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • GH Worker 10 (15b)
    • BE McGain 1-0-3-0
    • AB McDonald 1-0-1-0

McDonald to Worker, no run, sees him charge down and slips in the slower bouncer, and beats him on the upper-cut


McDonald to Worker, FOUR, short, into the pads, nicely worked away fine of fine leg. Second boundary in the last seven overs


McDonald to Worker, 3 runs, chipped over midwicket, not quite off the middle, hence only three


McDonald to How, no run, opens the face on this one, but finds backward point

Brad joins in the anti-NSW sentiment: 'Poor NSW. Perhaps if the selectors picked a few Victorians, considering we're pretty good at 20/20, then NSW would be left with more players in the Big Bash squad."


McDonald to How, 1 run, driven square of the wicket for one


McDonald to Worker, FOUR, nicely played, this was short, he leaned back, waited for it, and then opened the face on it at the last moment. Fine enough of third man

End of over 11 (12 runs) Central Districts 60/3 (RR: 5.45)

    • GH Worker 21 (19b 2x4)
    • JM How 15 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • AB McDonald 2-0-13-0
    • BE McGain 1-0-3-0

McGain to How, 2 runs, long hop, and Peter Siddle makes a superb save at deep midwicket. Running to his left, then going down on his knees to keep the ball in

Jeff: "The automatic hat thing is why a certain Mr Gilchrist had to leave NSW and head to WA to get his, I suppose."


McGain to How, 1 leg bye, looks to paddle this fine, gets a leg-bye


McGain to Worker, 1 run, short again, but Worker can't get this pull past midwicket


McGain to How, no run, nice legbreak, on a length, pitches leg, turns towards off, defended


McGain to How, FOUR, looks for the big sweep from outside off, the ball doesn't bounce much, but the bottom edge goes between the keeper's legs for four


McGain to How, 1 run, dropped! Tough chance for Wade. How looks to run this down to third man, but gets only an edge, which hits Wade's gloves but doesn't go in

End of over 12 (9 runs) Central Districts 69/3 (RR: 5.75)

    • JM How 22 (29b 2x4 1x6)
    • GH Worker 22 (20b 2x4)
    • BE McGain 2-0-11-0
    • AB McDonald 2-0-13-0

McDonald to How, 1 run, length ball, chipped into the leg side


McDonald to Worker, no run, looks for a steer to third man, but this is too close to him, and he nearly chops it on

Billy has a point too: "Why didn't Warney did what McCullum did for NSW? Warne could have played only ONE game for Victoria and then represent them in CLT20 if Rajasthan didn't make it. He wouldn't have affected Victoria's overseas quota."


McDonald to Worker, FOUR, swept away for four! Gets under this shortish delivery and bisects deep midwicket and deep square leg


McDonald to Worker, 1 run, into the ribs, tucked away for one


McDonald to How, FOUR, nice punchy on-drive. It was full, he hardly seemed to have hit it, but that found the gap between the sight screen and long-on. Fast outfield we seem to have


McDonald to How, 1 run, into the pads, worked away for one

End of over 13 (11 runs) Central Districts 80/3 (RR: 6.15)

    • JM How 28 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • GH Worker 27 (23b 3x4)
    • AB McDonald 3-0-24-0
    • BE McGain 2-0-11-0

McGain to How, 1 run, swept away for one


McGain to Worker, 2 runs, short again, slog swept into the cow corner, along the ground

Ryan again: "Yes, but Victorians seem to argue that because they are shield champions they should have more players in the Aussie team. Well if you took the NSW out of the Aussie team and let them play for NSW, they'd win the shield and show that they deserve their spots anyway!" It is becoming an egg-and-chicken debate now


McGain to Worker, OUT, Worker is gone! McGain has been sliding these across him, and he has been dragging the slog-sweeps. This time he fails to keep it down and finds deep midwicket

GH Worker c Carters b McGain 29 (28m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 116.00

Diamanti is the new batsman. Has a slip in


McGain to Diamanti, 1 run, pushed down to long-off for one

Slip goes out


McGain to How, 1 run, driven to long-off


McGain to Diamanti, 1 run, gets a single to long-on

End of over 14 (6 runs) Central Districts 86/4 (RR: 6.14)

    • BJ Diamanti 2 (2b)
    • JM How 30 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • BE McGain 3-0-17-1
    • AB McDonald 3-0-24-0

Michael: 'Um Jeff - no - Gilchrist left NSW because he couldn't get a regular game in the NSW team (due to Phil Emery being a permanent fixture). I'm sure if Emery had retired, Gilchrist would have got his blue and green baggy caps in the same brown paper bag like so many before him..." Siddle comes back


Siddle to Diamanti, 1 run, starts with a length ball, around off, squeezed past cover for one


Siddle to How, no run, back of a length, defended

Sriram: "While the Aussies are arguing, Kiwis are fighting in the middle, is anyone in the ground watching this battle, i guess everyone is saving thier money to watch an IPL or Local team play..." I am afraid there isn't much noise out there, and lots of empty seats too


Siddle to How, no run, into the pads, but can't get it past midwicket


Siddle to How, FOUR, the desperate shot comes out as How charges down at Siddle, who bowls a short ball, and the top edge flies over the keeper


Siddle to How, SIX, that is a superb shot! Hard to believe you are 34 off 37 when you can play such shots! Picks the length early, rocks back, and pulls it in the air, over deep square. Sanjay Manjrekar approves of the steady head


Siddle to How, 1 run, pushes this to long-off to retain strike

End of over 15 (12 runs) Central Districts 98/4 (RR: 6.53)

    • JM How 41 (39b 4x4 2x6)
    • BJ Diamanti 3 (3b)
    • PM Siddle 3-0-30-2
    • BE McGain 3-0-17-1

Ryan: '@Brad. Or Perhaps they could just schedule the big bash when all the Australian players are available so we actually get full strength teams playing each other and it would be a true indication of the best domestic team!" McGain to bowl out


McGain to How, no run, shimmies down the track, is not quite to the pitch of it, and pushes it back


McGain to How, 2 runs, swept away nicely, just by the square-leg umpire, between fine leg and deep midwicket


McGain to How, no run, appeal for caught behind down the leg side, but it has come of the arm and the pad


McGain to How, SIX, six more for How! Another clean strike as he charges down at the bowler and lofts this over wide long-on


McGain to How, 1 run, gets to his fifty with a single to long-on. He knows he needs much more


McGain to Diamanti, 1 run, dances down the track, is nowhere near the ball, but the toe-end of the bat not only saves him from the stumping, gets him a single too

Sapho: "Strange game t20 is. Victoria has been on top all along, but if CD gets 40 or more in the last five, then their score might appear reasonable. here we go!" Nannes will want to make sure nothing of that sort happens


Nannes to Diamanti, 1 run, driven with an open face, gets a single to third man


Nannes to How, no run, shortish, and he was setting himself for a six over the leg side, the shorter boundary, but he manages only an inside edge onto the pad


Nannes to How, 1 leg bye, clears the front leg to go for the huge one again, misses and survives the leg-before call because it is pitched outside leg


Nannes to Diamanti, no run, looking to force the pull shot, but it is not short enough, and is beaten duly

Sutty: 'Fellas, no need for a NSW vs Victoria debate... Let's just agree that each one of the 6 Australian state teams would be at good chance in this tournament; Even the perennial gumbies in South Australia are made to look good in this tournament."


Nannes to Diamanti, 1 run, yorker, goes for just a single

Tim P: "Is this the same poor old McGain that got clobbered when Auss brought him to SA a while ago?" Yes he is the same McGain. In fact he spoke about that debut here


Nannes to How, FOUR, risky but effective, moving across the stumps, and scooping this full delivery over short fine leg

John Hastings to bowl


Hastings to Diamanti, SIX, this is gone disappearing into the stands! Diamanti makes room, stands tall, ad lofts him over long-off. Huge hit


Hastings to Diamanti, 1 run, high full toss, makes room and hits over the on side, but he can't beat deep midwicket


Hastings to How, FOUR, what a lovely shot! This wouldn't be out of place in Tests. Picks the slower ball, and check-drives it straight down the ground. Neither long-off nor long-on has a chance


Hastings to How, FOUR, another top shot, bisecting long-off and long-on again, but this time he goes in the air. The game is turning, and How


Hastings to How, FOUR, and now he gets cheeky, walking across the stumps and guiding a full ball wide of short fine


Hastings to How, (no ball) FOUR, this game is going bonkers now! Slower ball goes wrong, turns into a high full toss, and How upper-cuts it over short third man. Lovely batting


Hastings to How, FOUR, and there's even more! He has not hit an uncouth shot in this over, and we still have 28! Again this was a legnth delivery and he lofted it over the bowler's head

End of over 18 (28 runs) Central Districts 143/4 (RR: 7.94)

    • JM How 74 (52b 10x4 3x6)
    • BJ Diamanti 13 (9b 1x6)
    • JW Hastings 3-0-37-1
    • DP Nannes 2.6-0-14-0

McKay to Diamanti, SIX, Diamanti joins in the fun! Sweet as! Again hit straight down the ground, just with more power, and over long-on. We have a game on!


McKay to Diamanti, OUT, finally Victoria get some reprieve! Diamanti is looking to hit this for a six over the covers, but ends up slicing it straight up and Siddle does well at third man, running in

BJ Diamanti c Siddle b McKay 19 (21m 11b 0x4 2x6) SR: 172.72


McKay to How, 1 run, goes for the yorker, it's a low full toss, driven down the ground for one

Kieran Noema-Barnett is the new man in. Will he take a single? Will he go for it himself?


McKay to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, takes the single, through the off side


McKay to How, 1 run, Super! Just super! Andrew McDonald at deep midwicket! This was swiped across the line, seemingly for a six. McDonald, though, leapt, and took a single-handed catch. But because he was falling over, he had to throw the ball back in


McKay to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, slower ball, and it concedes just a single

End of over 19 (10 runs) Central Districts 153/5 (RR: 8.05)

    • K Noema-Barnett 2 (2b)
    • JM How 76 (54b 10x4 3x6)
    • CJ McKay 3-1-15-1
    • JW Hastings 3-0-37-1

Nannes to Noema-Barnett, FOUR, what an outfield this is, Kieran Noema-Barnett stands tall and drives it down the ground. He has hardly hit it but it goes flying across, smack between long-off and long-on


Nannes to Noema-Barnett, no run, goes for the slog this time, and is beaten


Nannes to Noema-Barnett, 1 run, sliced towards third man, bringing How on strike


Nannes to How, 1 run, another lovely straight hit and he has hit the non-striker in the pad. Gets one off the ricochet


Nannes to Noema-Barnett, no run, goes for the slog again, and not for the single, and contacts thin air


Nannes to Noema-Barnett, SIX, Kieran Noema-Barnett gives CD a big finish, making up for those two slogs in the last over. This one is fuller, and in his swinging zone. Swing Kieran Noema-Barnett does, over long-on

Yorkers, where art thou. Yet to see a killer display of yorkers in this event. A Champions League can do better. Re the fast outfield, Doc has more: "You'd expect the outfield to be fast. It hasn't rained a drop in Centurion since the beginning of May, and the outfield is usually fast even in summer." Trevor Chesterfield has more on Centurion: "Centurion is the best venue in Soutern Africa, the best nets, best outfield, best media seating - it is a great ground; not pretentious as with so many of them"

Anyway Central Districts will be thrilled with this comeback. How was almost schizophrenic in turning it on towards the end. Do join us for the chase. Hope I have enough time for a cup of tea

End of over 20 (12 runs) Central Districts 165/5

    • K Noema-Barnett 13 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • JM How 77 (55b 10x4 3x6)
    • DP Nannes 2.1-0-26-0
    • CJ McKay 3-1-15-1





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