Final, Auckland, Mar 31 2013, The Ford Trophy
(25.1/50 ov, target 140)143/7
Auckland won by 3 wickets (with 149 balls remaining)
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Bowlers set up title win for Auckland

Auckland won their second one-day title in three seasons, taking the 50-over Ford Trophy after beating Canterbury in a low-scoring final at Eden Park Outer Oval

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Scorer: Avi Singh
Commentator: Avi Singh
Scorecard summary
Canterbury139/10(34.5 overs)
Auckland143/7(25.1 overs)

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!

Ellis to Hopkins, FOUR runs
end of over 258 runs • 1 wicket
AUCK: 139/7CRR: 5.56 RRR: 0.04 • Need 1 from 25 overs
Bruce Martin8 (4)
Gareth Hopkins30 (56)
Ryan McCone8-0-31-3
Andrew Ellis6-1-30-2
McCone to Martin, no run
McCone to Martin, FOUR runs
McCone to Martin, FOUR runs
McCone to Martin, no run
McCone to Mills, OUT

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

Kyle Mills b McCone 2 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
McCone to Mills, no run
end of over 24Maiden
AUCK: 131/6CRR: 5.45 RRR: 0.35 • Need 9 from 26 overs
Gareth Hopkins30 (56)
Kyle Mills2 (2)
Andrew Ellis6-1-30-2
Ryan McCone7-0-23-2
Ellis to Hopkins, no run
Ellis to Hopkins, no run
Ellis to Hopkins, no run
Ellis to Hopkins, no run
Ellis to Hopkins, no run
Ellis to Hopkins, no run
end of over 237 runs • 1 wicket
AUCK: 131/6CRR: 5.69 RRR: 0.33 • Need 9 from 27 overs
Kyle Mills2 (2)
Gareth Hopkins30 (50)
Ryan McCone7-0-23-2
Andrew Ellis5-0-30-2
McCone to Mills, 2 runs
McCone to Mills, no run
McCone to Grobbelaar, OUT
Donovan Grobbelaar c Fulton b McCone 4 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
McCone to Grobbelaar, no run
McCone to Hopkins, 5 runs

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

McCone to Hopkins, no run
end of over 224 runs
AUCK: 124/5CRR: 5.63 RRR: 0.57 • Need 16 from 28 overs
Donovan Grobbelaar4 (6)
Gareth Hopkins25 (48)
Andrew Ellis5-0-30-2
Ryan McCone6-0-16-1
Ellis to Grobbelaar, no run
Match details
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
TossAuckland, elected to field first
SeriesThe Ford Trophy
Series resultAuckland won the 2012/13 The Ford Trophy
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00, Interval 14.00-14.45, Second Session 14.45-18.15
Match days31 March 2013 - day(50-over match)
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Chris Gaffaney
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Derek Walker
TV Umpire
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Gary Baxter