Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 10 Runs | AUCK: 124/8 (17 runs required, RR: 6.20)

  • Michael Bates9 (6b)
  • Kyle Mills7 (9b)
  • Joe Mennie4-0-23-2
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile4-0-26-0

That's all we have from this match. I need to rush. We have a dead rubber to prepare for

Quotes from presentation
"It was tough to bat on," says Gareth Hopkins. "The Perth boys batted quite well, but still 140 was gettable. Perth showed us how to bat on a slow wicket. We have picked guys in the middle who have done it for us back home, I was confident in them. Bitterly disappointing."

"It's been a frustrating campaign," says Marcus North. "Close in a couple of games, then a washout. So nice to win. Looked a beautiful wicket. But played slower than we first thought. We adjusted well. Those guys [the spinners] were important to our campaign back home, and have been go-to guys."

"Basically second-guess how they are trying to play me [on bowling at the top of the innings," says MoM Michael Beer. "The ball held up a little, and that worked really well for me."

So that's quite a flat chase by Auckland Aces. Beer wasn't flat, though. With this, Auckland are out of the tournament. And Daredevils and Titans go through. They might say this is just as well that their fate has been decided already because there is a nasty little cloud headed Supersport Park's way

"Very disappointed that no one has come up with an "Eenie, Meenie, Minie bowed Munro" pun with so many underemployed punning geniuses around today..." Mark Kidger, we needed your vintage for that

"You add the conspiracy theory, and they surely could buy more than a condo. Maybe even a Sea-facing bunglow in Mumbai??" Rakesh, to buy a sea-facing bungalow, selling merely your team is not enough. You might need to sell your nation. And still, you will have to put up with the stench

19.6
1
Mennie to Bates, 1 run, full and wide, swiped to long-on. All over for Aces
19.5
1
Mennie to Mills, 1 run, length ball, swiped to wide long-on for one
19.4
1
Mennie to Bates, 1 run, full, just outside off, drilled down to long-off

"For many internatinal retirees, IPL is the means to buy a condo in Florida!" Surely, James, with that kind of money they could do better?

19.3
2
Mennie to Bates, 2 runs, yorker, middle and leg, dug out towards long-on for two
19.2
4
Mennie to Bates, FOUR runs, low full toss, smacked wide of long-off for a consolatory four
19.1
1
Mennie to Mills, 1 run, full and straight, they take a single off the outside edge

Last over coming up

END OF OVER:
19 | 5 Runs | AUCK: 114/8 (27 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 27.00)

  • Kyle Mills5 (7b)
  • Michael Bates1 (2b)
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile4-0-26-0
  • Joe Mennie3-0-13-2
18.6
1
Coulter-Nile to Mills, 1 run, full and just outside off, runs off the inside half of the toe of the at for a single
18.5
1
Coulter-Nile to Bates, 1 run, full, outside off, driven to extra cover
18.4
0
Coulter-Nile to Bates, no run, full and wide, he drives outside its line
18.3
1
Coulter-Nile to Mills, 1 run, gets a single to point
18.2
0
Coulter-Nile to Mills, no run, full and wide, beats the bat
18.1
2
Coulter-Nile to Mills, 2 runs, full toss, Mills smashes it down the ground, straight of long-on, gets two

"Batsmen who play "cute" shot's like THAT, in situations like THESE, should be dropped for 3 months and offered a rehab package." And people like you and me, Rakesh, need to get back to Test cricket

END OF OVER:
18 | 2 Runs 2 Wkts | AUCK: 109/8 (32 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.05, RRR: 16.00)

  • Kyle Mills1 (3b)
  • Joe Mennie3-0-13-2
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile3-0-21-0
17.6
W
Mennie to Munro, OUT, surely we are not getting a tie here? A really low-percentage shot here. Munro moves right across to try to slog a full ball over square leg. That's dead plumb as he misses

C Munro lbw b Mennie 23 (30m 18b 1x4 1x6) SR: 127.77

"Hmmm, it's a T20 involving a New Zealand side..this has got tie written all over it..." Not again, Nigel

17.5
1
Mennie to Mills, 1 run, slower ball now, Mills gets no power behind the shot, gets just the single to cover
17.4
0
Mennie to Mills, no run, another length ball, flicked uppishly, but it falls just short of midwicket

"There's a brewery in Dunedin, New Zealand, called MacDuff's. The guy originally called it Duff's, since, you know, that's his NAME. But Fox sued him for copywrite infringement and won." Raff, harsh but perhaps fair too?

17.3
0
Mennie to Mills, no run, length ball, pushed into the off side

In comes Mills

17.2
W
Mennie to Hira, OUT, Hira needed to hand the strike over to Munro, but he has handed it over to Mills. Walks right across the stumps to try and go over short fine leg. Mennie is straight and on a length, and knocks the middle stump over

RM Hira b Mennie 2 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

17.1
1
Mennie to Munro, 1 run, driven wide of midwicket, gets just a single

"I think you're doing all right if you bowl your four overs for less than your age... and Hoggy does it every time!!" That's a great theory, John. Explains why so many retirees treat T20 as a condo in Florida

END OF OVER:
17 | 15 Runs | AUCK: 107/6 (34 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.29, RRR: 11.33)

  • Colin Munro22 (16b)
  • Ronnie Hira2 (2b)
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile3-0-21-0
  • Michael Beer4-0-13-3
16.6
1
Coulter-Nile to Munro, 1 run, slashes at a short-of-a-length delivery, takes a single off the bottom edge
16.5
2
Coulter-Nile to Munro, 2 runs, wide length ball, chipped over cover, takes a dive from Beaton to prevent the boundary
16.4
4
Coulter-Nile to Munro, FOUR runs, that's effectively. Short again, just outside off, and he has punched this over mid-off. Is the game turning?
16.3
6
Coulter-Nile to Munro, SIX runs, long hop, on the pads, and he has played the pick-up pull over square leg

"I reckon publishing comments is like a crowd doing a Mexican Wave. The more interesting the match, the less it happens. Looks like you drew the short straw Sid" James, that's true only for Twenty20s. Tests are more even

Auckland 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12L VincentMJ Guptill
2nd49Azhar MahmoodMJ Guptill
3rd7Azhar MahmoodAK Kitchen
4th3Azhar MahmoodC Munro
5th4C de GrandhommeC Munro
6th15GJ HopkinsC Munro
7th18RM HiraC Munro
8th1KD MillsC Munro
9th15KD MillsMD Bates

Champions League Twenty20

Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
KKR440160.716
CSK421100.945
PS4228-0.038
Lions4126-0.051
DOLPH4040-1.338
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
KXIP440162.13
HH431121.193
BT4134-0.256
COBRA4134-0.955
ND4134-2.667
Qualifying Group
TeamMWLPTNRR
ND330122.08
Lions3218-0.065
MI3124-0.064
Expre3030-2.033