Grant Elliott shines in Wellington victory

A brace of half-centuries from Michael Pollard and Grant Elliott set up Wellington's 25-run victory against Canterbury at the Westpac Stadium. After getting sent in to bat, Wellington slipped from 82 for 1 in the 11th over to 91 for 4 in the 13th, before Elliott steadied the innings with Brad Hodge. Hodge made 30 off 21 balls and Elliott made 52 off 23, striking four sixes. The initial platform for the score of 178 for 6 had been laid by Pollard, who made 54 off 39 balls. Ronnie Hira took 2 for 25 in four overs for Canterbury, but Andrew Ellis' two wickets cost 43 runs.

The Canterbury chase had a woeful start with the top order failing. They were 56 for 4 in 10 overs after Peter Fulton fell. Brendan Diamanti made 73 and Ellis 30 to stabilise the innings but Canterbury were always behind the asking rate. Elliott followed up his half-century with figures of 2 for 36 and Brent Arnel took 2 for 31 to limit Canterbury to 153 for 9.

Auckland collapsed for 90 to suffer a 56-run defeat against Central Districts in Wellington. Chasing 147, Auckland lost two wickets in the first over, two more wickets with the score on 51, and then collapsed from 86 for 6 to 90 all out in 17 overs. No one got to 20. Ben Wheeler took 4 for 8 in three overs for Central Districts, while Ajaz Patel and Andrew Mathieson claimed two each.

Central Districts' innings had also suffered at the start after they were sent in to bat - they were 54 for 4 in 7.3 overs when Will Young was dismissed for 30 off 22 balls. Kruger van Wyk made 34 off 39 deliveries to stabilise the innings, while Kieran Neoma-Barnett's 41 came off only 30 deliveries. Their 71-run stand helped Central Districts recover to 146 for 7, which proved plenty in the end.