Auckland thrash Central Districts by 211 runs
A round-up of the Ford Trophy matches played on March 13, 2013
Auckland 285 (Munro 78, Grandhomme 60, Cachopa 3-35) beat Central Districts 74 (Martin 3-33, Grandhomme 2-9) by 211 runs
Auckland thrashed Central Districts by 211 runs to collect five points and continue their lead at the top of the table. After scoring 285, Auckland's Kyle Mills and Chris Martin ran through Central Districts' top order, taking their top five wickets all of which were caught by wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins. Only three Central Districts batsmen could manage double-digit scores as Michael Bates and Colin de Grandhomme also chipped in with two wickets each. Martin and Mills reduced them to 51 for 5 in 14 overs which virtually ended their chase as their next five wickets fell for 23 runs.
Eariler, middle-order batsmen Colin Munro and Grandhomme rescued Auckland from a position of 86 for 4 with a 102-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Dusan Hakaria's 34 towards the end ensured they reached a competitive score of 285.
Northern Districts 301 for 7 (Flynn 135, Devcich 70, McMillan 3-54) beat Otago 209 (Neesham 52, Broom 45, Aldridge 2-14) by 92 runs
Daniel Flynn's hundred charged Northern Districts to a 92-run win against Otago to jump to second place in the Ford Trophy. After they chose to bat, Flynn and Anton Devcich put together 181 runs for the opening stand in 32.4 overs, out of which Devcich scored 70. This lay the platform for a big score for Northern Districts as Flynn struck 15 fours and a six to score 135 off 137, his fourth List A hundred. But Devcich's wicket was followed by two more in the next two overs, which brought them to 184 for 3. After Flynn fell in the 43rd over, Jono Hickey (48*) along with Brad Wilson and Anurag Verma scored 63 off the last 37 balls to take them to 301 for 7.
Graeme Aldridge dismissed the Otago openers in consecutive openers, leaving them at 8 for 2. Neil Broom and Jimmy Neesham consolidated the innings with an 86-run third-wicket partnership but both were dismissed in the space of 11 balls. This started the slide for Otago, who lost wickets at regular intervals, folding for 209 in the 44th over. Nathan McCullum (41) and Derek de Boorder (31) resisted with a 46-run stand for the sixth wicket, but couldn't avoid the fifth loss for Otago in the tournament.
Wellington 147 for 3 (Papps 47, Elliott 44) beat Canterbury 143 (Stewart 41, Kuggeleijn 5-24) by seven wickets
Scott Kuggeleijn's maiden five-wicket haul in List A matches, earned Wellington a comfortable seven wicket-win against Canterbury in Christchurch. Once Wellington chose to field, the match headed in only their direction as Kuggeleijn struck thrice in his first spell. Only Shanan Stewart (41) and Brent Findlay (28) resisted, but Kuggeleijn took two more wickets to dismiss Canterbury for 143.
After Wellington lost Luke Ronchi in the first over for a duck, Michael Papps and Grant Elliott took them close to victory. Even though Elliott was dismissed for 44 in the 13th over, and Papps for 47 in the 20th, Jesse Ryder scored a brisk 31-ball 38 to take Wellington to victory with more than 28 overs to spare.