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Northern Districts sneak into final

Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 79 off just 55 deliveries to set up a narrow three-run win for Northern Districts against Canterbury, and secure their place in Saturday's final against Otago

Match Centre

END OF OVER:
20 | 11 Runs | CANT: 178/7 (4 runs required, RR: 8.90)

  • Peter Fulton88 (49b)
  • Matt Henry0 (1b)
  • Scott Kuggeleijn2-0-31-0
  • Chris Tremain3-0-19-3

What a fantastic end to an enthralling game of t20 cricket. The real shame is that Fulton's sensational hand goes largely unrewarded as he finishes on the losing side with an unbeaten 88 off 49 balls. Well done to Kuggeleijn for holding his nerve under immense pressure to conceed just 9 runs off the bat. That means that the hsost go through to tomorrow night's final against the top-qualifiers, the Otago Volts. Kane Williamson's 79 not out ensured that the Knights posted a very competitive 181. At 37 for three in the seventh over, the Wizards looked to be really struggling but an inspired piece of captaincy/coaching saw Ronnie Hira promoted to number five. Hira added 84 in just 39 balls with his captain, including 43 off 21 himself. Hira's innings gave the innings the impetus it needed and the partnership also saw Fulton blossum, striking a number of powerful blows down the ground. Hira's dismissal saw the visitors lose three for 8 in 13 balls but Fulton remained. Jono Boult and Chris Tremain bagged five wickets between them to peg the Wizards back and while Fulton looked likely in the final over, it was Kuggeleijn who held his nerve to deliver the all-important victory. Join us again tomorrow night for live ball-by-ball coverage of the final, here again at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Good luck and god speed.

19.6
1
Kuggeleijn to Fulton, 1 run, and Kuggeleijn delivers exactly what his team were after as this one is too full for Fulton to get underneath and it flies down to long on and the Knights celebrate!
19.5
2
Kuggeleijn to Fulton, 2 runs, the bowler hits his yorker here and Fulton digs it out to mid wicket for a couple
19.4
6
Kuggeleijn to Fulton, SIX runs, Fulton stays still this time and Kuggeleijn delivers the ball in the slot and Fulton hammers it high over long off. This game has had more ups and downs than a soap opera!
19.3
0
Kuggeleijn to Fulton, no run, Fulton back away and Kuggeleijn goes full and wide and he plays and misses! Cricual miss from Fulton there. 13 needed off three balls
19.2
1b
Kuggeleijn to Henry, 1 bye, fullish in length and Henry misses out here as he can't lay the bat on it and they take a bye
19.1
1lb
Kuggeleijn to Fulton, 1 leg bye, good yorker in a leg stump and Fulton misses it with the bat and it takes him on the foot and they scamper a leg bye
  • Northern Districts sneak into final

    Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 79 off just 55 deliveries to set up a narrow three-run win for Northern Districts against Canterbury, and secure their place in Saturday's final against Otago

Canterbury 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12RJ NicolGH Worker
2nd0RJ NicolDG Brownlie
3rd25PG FultonDG Brownlie
4th84PG FultonRM Hira
5th6PG FultonTWM Latham
6th2PG FultonBJ Diamanti
7th38PG FultonAM Ellis
8th11PG FultonMJ Henry