A determined run chase from the Central Stags ended the
Auckland Aces' HRV Cup playoff hopes at New Plymouth's
Pukekura Park today.
After posting a competitive 181 for six from their 20 overs,
Auckland were unable to break the 100-run third wicket
partnership of Matthew Sinclair (71 from 52) and Ben Smith
(59 from 31) until it was too late, and Central reached the
target with three balls to spare.
Central needed 19 runs from the final two overs, but ended up
doing it easy, with the big-hitting Sinclair leading the
charge with a flurry of late boundaries before getting run
out in the final over.
It means Auckland's dream of reaching the top three playoffs
is now effectively over, with the Northern Knights and
Wellington Firebirds both sitting eight points ahead of them
with two games to play.
Bottom of the table Central had no chance of reaching the
playoffs, but played like a team with something to prove.
They gave as good as they got throughout the 40 overs,
shrugging off injuries to Kruger van Wyk, William Young, and
the unavailability of Jacob Oram and Adam Milne, to earn just
their second win of the season.
Colin de Grandhomme (55 of 24) and Craig Cachopa (49 of 33)
did the damage in the middle order for Auckland as their 69
run partnership for the fifth wicket propelled the innings
De Grandhomme smacked three consecutive sixes in the 11th
over before being caught by Marty Kain of the bowling of
Kieran Noema-Barnett with four overs left in the innings.
Kyle Mills finished things off in impressive style with a big
six off the last ball of the innings to push the visitors up
The Stags' reply got off to a good start with Jamie How and
Matthew Sinclair putting on a 46 run opening stanza before
How was bowled by Michael Bates for 28.
Sinclair and Smith put on a 100 run partnership for the third
wicket before Noema-Barnett came in to hit the winning run.
The Stags finish the season with a home game against Otago on
Sunday before completing their season away to Auckland, while
the Aces travel away to face Canterbury in Rangiora before
finishing the regular season at Eden Park.
L Vincent c Sinclair b Small 25; P Mustard c Noema-Barnett b
Small 2; G Hopkins c How b Nethula 18; A Kitchen c How b Lamb
3; C de Grandhomme c Kain b Noema-Barnett 55; Craig Cachopa c
Nethula b Lamb 49; D Grobbelaar not out 13; K Mills not out
8. Extras (lb 4, wd 3, nb 1) 8. Total (for 6 wickets, 20.0
Fall: 1-20 (Mustard), 2-39 (Vincent), 3-45 (Kitchen), 4-59
(Hopkins), 5-130 (de Grandhomme), 6-172 (Craig Cachopa)
Bowling: M Kain 4-0-32-0 (2w), K Jarvis 4-0-25-0 (1nb), B
Small 2-0-23-2, T Nethula 4-0-38-1, A Lamb 3-0-28-2, K
Noema-Barnett 3-0-31-1 (1w).
J How b Bates 28; M Sinclair run out (Bates) 71; J Raval b
Grobbelaar 18; B Smith not out 59; K Noema-Barnett not out 1;
Extras (lb 0, wd 3, nb 2) 5. Total (for 3 wickets, 19.3
Fall: 1-46 (JM How, 5.2), 2-75 (JA Raval, 9.4), 3-181 (MS
Bowling: K Mills 4-0-45-0 (1w, 2nb), M Bates 3.3-0-28-1, M
Quinn 4-0-48-0 (2w, D Grobbelaar 4-0-33-1, Bhupinder Singh
Central Stags win by 7 wickets
- By Steven Holloway of Herald Online