In the T20 Super Smash match between Northern District and Auckland, the half centuries from Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling, took the former into the victory stretch. Northern District chased down the score of 143 winning the 20 over match in 16 overs. There was a strong partnership between the players who scored 87 runs in 10 overs together. In the final stretch, Watling was joined by Corey Anderson, who hastened up the win. The player hammered two sixes in his 23 off 13 balls taking the chase to the winning mark.
Winning the toss, Auckland choose to bat. They scored 142 for six wickets in the inning assisted primarily by the lower order batsmen. In the early slog, the team lost 4 wickets for 50 runs as the inning reached half way. Opener Guptill-Bunce was bowled by Scott Kuggeleijn in the third over, setting up the fall of early wickets. Rob Nicol, the Captain, was ducked out in the next over by Kuggeleijin. Following him was Glenn Phillips being down at only 6 runs. The team was at 3 for 41 runs at the point. After nine runs on the tally, another wicket of Jeet Raval was removed.
Mark Chapman and Ben Horne salvaged the team scoring 39 and 30. Chapman was removed by Trent Boult and Trent Lawford dismissed Horne. Another player, Donovan Grobbelaar joined in after the players were removed that hauled the score to a decent 140 plus figure with two quick sixes. District bowlers were successful to restrict Auckland batsmen to paltry runs. They bowled with strict economy to choke the team.
The chase was however, uncomplicated. District's openers Watling smashed 53 off 48 balls along with this partner Brownlie who had 54 off 34 balls. The partnership lasted to the 11th over, after which Corey Anderson took over the inning. While Brownlie was bowled by Tymal Mills, Anderson and the other opener remained unbeaten in the match.
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