Ellis, Nicholls guide Canterbury to easy win

Canterbury 154 for 3 (Nicholls 58*, Fulton 44) beat Northern Districts 153 (Devcich 43, Flynn 43, Ellis 5-9) by seven wickets

Andrew Ellis and Henry Nicholls produced fine displays with ball and bat respectively to help Canterbury romp to a comfortable seven-wicket win against Northern Districts in Hamilton. Ellis triggered a match-turning collapse with career-best figures of 5 for 9 in 2.2 overs as Northern Districts slumped from 90 for 2 to 153 all out.

In a world-record fielding effort, Peter Fulton picked up five catches, to equal the T20 record for most catches and Cam Fletcher claimed two stumpings and three catches, also equalling the record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a T20 game.

After choosing to bat, Anton Devcich got Northern Districts to an explosive start with an 18-ball 43, an innings that featured three sixes and five fours, as 60 runs were piled on within five overs. However, the Canterbury bowlers chipped away at the wickets while captain Daniel Flynn struggled to increase his strike-rate and was the sixth man out in the 18th over with a 47-ball 43. Tim Seifert provided the required impetus with a brisk 30 but they were quickly bowled out for 153 after being 147 for 5. Todd Astle and Ronnie Hira both produced economical spells and picked up two wickets apiece.

Hira began the chase with a six over midwicket and struck a quick 24. However, Northern Districts dragged themselves back into the match after dismissing both openers in the space of four balls. Henry Nicholls and Peter Fulton then formed an 87-run stand to quash any hopes of a comeback win. Nicholls remained unbeaten with a 52-ball 58 and in the company of Leo Carter, carried Canterbury to an easy win with nine balls to spare.