Canterbury have emerged triumphant from the battle of the
bottom-placed sides in the HRV Cup, successfully defending
185 against Central Districts in Nelson today.
With both sides languishing at the foot of the ladder after
managing only one victory in their first five games, a win
was almost essential for the cellar-dwellers to remain in the
And it was the visitors - who actually had a shorter
travelling distance than the hosts to Saxton Oval - who
secured the successful result, but only just.
After 20-year-old Canterbury captain Tom Latham won the toss
and opted to bat, the Wizards' top order failed to get away
to a flyer. A brace of scalps for both Martin Kain and Adam
Milne reduced Canterbury to 73-5 in the 11th over, but that
was the last wicket they lost.
Andrew Ellis and Brendon Diamanti instead blunted the bowling
attack and set about building a match-winning partnership of
112 for the sixth wicket. Both men managed their maiden half
centuries in Twenty20 cricket, with Ellis ending unbeaten on
55 from 34 balls and Diamanti smacking five sixes in a
In reply, CD began their search for the runs in style with
Mathew Sinclair and Ben Smith getting away to a fast start,
before a run out scuppered the Stags' chase.
With the score on 68 from just 6.4 overs Ronnie Hira managed
a direct hit to catch Smith short of his ground, sending the
opener packing for 39 from 21 balls and shifting the momentum
in the match.
Sinclair fell soon after for 38, before Will Young and Kieran
Noema-Barnett threatened to pull their side close. But, once
the big-hitting Noema-Barnett fell in the 18th over, the
total proved too much for Young and Carl Cachopa and CD fell
five runs short.