well well, another wicket and can Canterbury conjure something out of nothing here? It was good length around off, Mills went for a big heave and dragged it onto the base of middle stump
Mark: "Maybe the Phantom will have to come out and save the day" That would have been a thrilling finish...
Despite the late jitters, it is Auckland who have deservedly claimed the New Zealand domestic one-day title in front of their home crowd. They dominated this game from the 10-over mark of Canterbury's innings onward, skittling an experienced line-up for 139 before their top-order set up what should have been a comfortable win. Some unnecessary dismissals meant it didn't quite happen that way, but in the end the title is deserved. With two one-day titles, two Twenty20 titles and a one-day final appearance in the last 3 seasons, it is safe to say that Auckland are the best limited-overs side in New Zealand, and showed that again today.
It's post-match presentation time. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) board member Bill Francis gives an update on Jesse Ryder's improved condition, which pleases the crowd. After the sponsor's platitudes, the captains are called up.
Here's Andrew Ellis, who is very disappointed but pleased with his side's fight in defence of their total. He is confident his side have the right blend of youth and experience for future seasons.
Gareth Hopkins is delighted with trophy success after their failure to defend their HRV Cup title, and in particular happy with Chris Martin and Kyle Mills setting the tone throughout the campaign with the ball. He also congratulates the batsmen for their hundreds during the season. Hopkins is presented the trophy and the Auckland squad pose for photographs.
That is the final domestic match of the New Zealand season. There are however the New Zealand Under 19 fixtures and the National Club Championships at Auckland's Cornwall Park still to run before the cricket season has run its course. It is on that note that I, Avi Singh, will sign off from scoring and commentary duties for today's game and leave you all to enjoy the rest of your Sunday, hoping you enjoyed the live coverage on ESPNcricinfo of today's Final. Wishing Jesse Ryder the best recovery possible, it's goodbye from us. Ta!
oh dear, Hopkins went back and tried to hook a ball outside off which got too big on him, barely kept it down, rolled behind square, Fulton flung a throw at the non-striker's end, Hopkins was out had he hit, instead he misses and no one is backing up so four overthrows are tacked onto the initially risky single