Canterbury edge past Wellington after tied finish

Canterbury 166 for 5 (Nicholls 66*) tied Wellington 166 for 7 (Ronchi 58*, Astle 2-24)
Canterbury won the one-over eliminator

Canterbury pipped Wellington in the one-over eliminator at Hagley Park after both teams finished their respective innings on 166, thanks in part to a late surge by Wellington's Luke Ronchi and Luke Woodcock, who added 29 runs in the match's last nine balls.

With Wellington needing 20 off the final over, Ronchi and Woodcock managed 19. Then, in the one-over eliminator, Wellington finished on 5 for 2, losing both Woodcock and Ronchi to run-outs. Wellington's Jeetan Patel struck first ball for them in their defence but followed that up with five consecutive wides. Tom Latham struck a four off the next legal delivery to give Canterbury the match and four points in an anticlimactic ending.

Chasing 167, Wellington were reduced to 95 for 5 in the 14th over - courtesy Todd Astle's double strike - but they clawed back by adding 71 runs in their last 40 balls. Woodcock, who came in to bat at No. 9 in the 19th over, smacked 17 in his six-ball innings, complementing Ronchi's 31-ball 58, which included four fours and three sixes.

In Canterbury's innings, Henry Nicholls hit an unbeaten 66 off 40 deliveries. He came into bat two-down, and stitched together partnerships with Cam Fletcher (46 for the fifth wicket) and Tim Johnston (31* for the sixth wicket). Nicholls struck seven fours and two sixes, and with Johnston, added 16 runs off the last over to take Canterbury to 166 for 5.