Apr 142014
 

Otago offspinner Mark Craig has received a shock callup to the New Zealand test squad to tour West Indies after Jeetan Patel was a late withdrawal last night.

Craig and Wellington gloveman Luke Ronchi are the two uncapped test players named in the 15-man squad for three tests in the Caribbean in June.

Patel, currently playing for English county Warwickshire, was originally picked for his first international in 16 months but made himself unavailable for personal reasons.

He told selector Bruce Edgar he wanted to commit to a full season at Warwickshire, for whom he was player of the year in 2013, and also be close to his wife and baby daughter who are with him in the UK. Daniel Vettori (back) remains unavailable as his recent bowling loads are not up to the intensity of test cricket.

Auckland-born Craig, 27, took 22 wickets at an average of 39.72 in the Plunket Shield. He was the best-performed offspinner and the selectors wanted someone who turns the ball away from the West Indies’ left-handers.

With Ish Sodhi already there, this would have counted against Canterbury legspinner Todd Astle who was the best spinner in the Plunket Shield with 37 wickets at 30.48.

Coach Mike Hesson said Craig provided a nice balance with legspinner Sodhi, with pitches at Kingston, Port-of-Spain and Georgetown expected to turn and favour the home spinners.

”Mark has had a strong Plunket Shield taking 22 wickets and his right-arm off-spinners will be valuable against their left-handed heavy top order batting line-up. He’s been in our sights for some time and was also chosen for our winter training squad.”

Openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford retained their positions and appear to be in a three-way scrap with Tom Latham for two spots at the top of the order.

Ronchi was named as backup gloveman with Latham included purely as a specialist batsman.

”Luke also provides us with middle order batting cover as he’s a good player of spin bowling,” Hesson said.

Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell were not considered as they are yet to satisfy the selectors that they have their off-field issues under control.

Meanwhile, test gloveman BJ Watling will captain a New Zealand A side for first-class and one-day matches in England in August. Hesson said the matches would be a good opportunity to look more closely at a number of other players in the build-up to Cricket World Cup 2015.

NEW ZEALAND TEST SQUAD FOR WEST INDIES:

Brendon McCullum (c) – Otago Volts
Corey Anderson – Northern Knights
Trent Boult – Northern Knights
Mark Craig – Otago Volts
Peter Fulton – Canterbury Wizards
Tom Latham – Canterbury Wizards
James Neesham – Otago Volts
Luke Ronchi – Wellington Firebirds
Hamish Rutherford – Otago Volts
Ish Sodhi – Northern Knights
Tim Southee – Northern Knights
Ross Taylor – Central Stags
Neil Wagner – Otago Volts
BJ Watling – Northern Knights
Kane Williamson – Northern Knights 

NEW ZEALAND A SQUAD FOR TOUR TO ENGLAND:

BJ Watling (c) – Northern Knights
Hamish Bennett – Canterbury Wizards
Dean Brownlie – Canterbury Wizards
Colin de Grandhomme – Auckland Aces
Anton Devcich – Northern Knights (returns after one-day matches)
Grant Elliott – Wellington Firebirds
Matt Henry – Canterbury Wizards
Scott Kuggeleijn – Northern Knights
Tom Latham – Canterbury Wizards
Adam Milne – Central Stags
Daryl Mitchell – Northern Knights
Colin Munro – Auckland Aces (returns after one-day matches)
Hamish Rutherford – Otago Volts
Ish Sodhi – Northern Knights (returns after one-day matches)

Added to the NZA squad for the two three-day matches:

Todd Astle – Canterbury Wizards
Michael Bracewell – Otago Volts
Mark Craig – Otago Volts

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Apr 042014
 
Northern Knights pair seeking capital reward

The spin attack of the Northern Knights has rightly gained plenty of plaudits for their part in the team’s successes this season.

But their chalk-and-cheese new-ball pairing has also been a huge factor in the SkyCity Knights closing to within a win of their second piece of silverware in 2013/14.

Scott Kuggeleijn and Graeme Aldridge have taken 31 wickets for the hosts of today’s Ford Trophy one-day final at Mt Maunganui’s Bay Oval between the Knights and the Wellington Firebirds; often helping the Knights gain the upper hand in some low-scoring contests.

That duo, coupled with the likes of spinners Ish Sodhi, Jono Boult and Mitchell Santner, have helped a Knights side that has played most of the campaign without a handful of Black Caps, reach their second final of the season after winning the Twenty20 title in summer.

”The spinners have had the benefit of being able to bowl in an attacking manner because we’ve had good starts – whether they be wicket-taking starts or containing starts,” Knights coach James Pamment said.

”It means a strong spin-bowling group have been able to do their work on top rather than from behind.”

The 22-year-old Kuggeleijn has proved to be a smart signing in the off-season, lured back from Wellington to his home association.

He has been a sterling workhorse over all three formats and has emerged as the leading Ford Trophy bowler with 21 wickets at an average of 18.85.

While Kuggeleijn is capable of blasting out batsmen, the 36-year-old Aldridge often works them out while proving hard to score from – his 10 scalps this season in the trophy have come at   15.50, while conceding   3.54 runs per over.

”Graeme’s been a perfect foil for Scott – Scott does have a licence to go on attack, and he’s complemented by Graeme, who has been demanding and economical,” Pamment acknowledged.

Aldridge is already the most prolific wicket-taker in the history of domestic one-day cricket in New Zealand and with an appearance today will become the most-capped one-day player for Northern Districts with his 123rd match.

Today’s hosts will also have their new-ball and spin attacks bolstered respectively by returning Black Caps Trent Boult and Anton Devcich.

On a wicket likely to play slow and low, the Knights batsmen will be aiming to improve on their effort against the Wellington spin twins of Jeetan Patel and Luke Woodcock.

 When the two sides last met in the round-robin at Seddon Park, the Firebirds duo took five wickets while conceding   33 runs in their 20 combined overs in a match won by the visitors to keep their season alive.

Pamment is confident his batsmen will improve on that effort.

”We showed signs that we did learn from that Wellington game when we played against Canterbury in the following game at Seddon Park,” Pamment said.

”We’re comfortable that our group learnt from that experience and will be looking to put the pressure back on them when they do bowl their spinners.”

The Firebirds also have a vastly experienced seam lineup, comprising former Knight Brent Arnel, Mark Gillespie and Grant Elliott, while opener Michael Papps and middle-order bat James Franklin add to their list of past Black Caps, along with current NZ limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi.

Despite those names, Wellington have been trophy-less for 10 years – and will be desperate to end that drought today.

”I think everybody’s been waiting for this group to do something over the last few years,” Pamment said.

”With the addition of a couple of other players with international experience over the last couple of years like Arnel and Ronchi, they’re a very strong unit and will be a tough team to knock over.”

HOW THEY LINE UP

Northern Knights: Daniel Flynn (captain), Brad Wilson, Joe Carter, BJ Watling, Daryl Mitchell, Anton Devcich, Scott Kuggeleijn, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Jono Boult, Graeme Aldridge, Trent Boult.

Wellington Firebirds: Michael Pollard, Michael Papps, Stephen Murdoch, Tom Blundell, James Franklin (captain), Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Luke Woodcock, Mark Gillespie, Jeetan Patel, Brent Arnel, Andy McKay.

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Mar 302014
 
Knights into Final, Firebirds eliminate Aces

The Northern Knights will play in the Final of the 2014 Ford Trophy after beating the Canterbury Wizards by four wickets in their preliminary-final at Hagley Oval today.

Having been convincingly beaten at the same venue last week, the Knights put in a much improved performance to book themselves a home final.

The Wizards will get the chance to be their opponent when they face the winner of the 3 v 4 preliminary-final, the Wellington Firebirds, on Wednesday at the Hawkins Basin Reserve.

The Wizards top-order has been its strength through the regular season, but they were undone today, with George Worker, Tom Latham and Rob Nicol falling cheaply to reduce the hosts to 36 for three.

Their position continued to look precarious at 83 for five in the 23rd over, but the experienced pair of Peter Fulton (82*) and Andrew Ellis (52) expertly steered their side out of that predicament with a 96-run sixth wicket partnership.

Ellis fell in the 44th over, but Fulton continued to anchor his side right through to the end. A total in excess of 200 gave them hope, having at one stage looked well out of reach.

Old heads would also prevail for the Knights though, with Brad Wilson (33) and Daniel Flynn (73) putting on 63 for the first wicket. While losing the odd partner along the way, Flynn anchored the innings through to the 35th over, before departing to leave the Knights 135 for four.

Daryl Mitchell (39) and Mitchell Santner (30) then took the reins for the visitors, edging their side closer. However, when both fell just short of the finish line, the Knights were in need of a couple of big hits to finish things off. Out strolled Kuggeleijn to the crease.

With two overs to go it looked like it would come down to the final few balls, but an unbeaten knock of 16 from eight balls from Kuggeleijn secured the Knights the victory with an over to spare.

It completed a huge turnaround from last week, where they were beaten by six wickets. Their reward – a home final on Saturday.

In Auckland, the Wellington Firebirds avenged their loss to the Auckland Aces last week and kept their Ford Trophy hopes alive with a comfortable four wicket victory at Eden Park no.2 this afternoon.

Having restricted the Aces to 220 all out in the first innings, a 134 run opening partnership between Michael Papps (43) and Michael Pollard (85) helped guide the Firebirds to their target after 44.3 overs.

The win sees Auckland bow out of the competition, while the Firebirds will now meet the Canterbury Wizards in Christchurch on Wednesday, with the winner to join the Northern Knights in the Final on Saturday.

Having won the toss and opted to bat, the Aces got off to a flying start, with Anaru Kitchen (34) and Tim McIntosh (54) racing to 50 without loss after six overs. Their stand ended at 74, with Kitchen the first to go when he was found short of his ground by Tom Blundell in the 11th over.

Unfortunately for the hosts, that would be their largest partnership of the afternoon, with the Firebirds taking wickets at key moments.

Donovan Grobbelaar (49) did his best to steady the ship for the Aces, but the lower-order folded quickly, before he became the last wicket to fall with nine balls remaining.

The Aces had mainly struggle with the spin of Luke Woodcock (2-30) and Jeetan Patel (2-33), while Mark Gillespie and Grant Elliott also took two wickets apiece.

The Firebirds response focussed around their openers, with Papps and Pollard making strong inroads early. By the time the pair had been dismissed, the Firebirds were within 70 runs of victory.

At 151 for two after 25 overs it looked like the Firebirds would cruise to victory, but the Aces fought back, taking a string of cheap wickets to keep their hopes alive.

However, cameos was all it would take for the Firebirds and an unbeaten 25 from Henry Walsh saw them surpass Auckland’s total and extend their season.

Bhupinder Singh had been the most effective of the bowlers for the Aces, claiming figures of three for 35 from 10 overs.

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Mar 152014
 
Knights on a roll and ready to rock Stags

They have the Twenty20 trophy locked away and the Northern Knights seem on an unstoppable roll towards the finals of the one-day competition.

The Knights play the Central Stags in New Plymouth today, Cyclone Lusi weather permitting, and will be looking to add to their already impressive three win, one loss record. Last year’s title holders, the Auckland Aces, are fourth on the table with two wins and two losses. There are four rounds left in the regular season.

If the Knights get today’s match in the bag they are well on the way to the finals, which take place early next month.

Knights coach James Pamment is optimistic yet cautious about his side’s chances.

“We are certainly not thinking we have the Ford Trophy locked away in the cabinet. There is a lot of cricket to be played.”

The Knights are without a host of Black Caps including Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Corey Anderson, who are all away at the World T20 tournament in Bangladesh. Regular skipper Daniel Flynn is also sidelined with a groin strain.

However, Pamment said the players left behind were relishing the opportunity to perform.

Leg spinner Ish Sodhi had been bowling “extremely well”, and the team had been “fantastically led” by BJ Watling. Jono Boult and Scott Kuggeleijn were also stepping up to fill the void, Pamment said.

The Stags, however, should not be discounted. After a horrendous T20 campaign where they failed to win a single game, the team is sitting pretty at third on the Ford Trophy table.

Pamment said the Stags had players that could turn games.

“Central Districts have had an interesting season, but they have got the likes of Jamie How and Kieran Noema-Barnett who can win games on their own.”

Meanwhile, yesterday’s match between the Aces and Canterbury Wizards was abandoned due to heavy rain in Auckland.

Central Stags v Northern Knights

Today: 10:30am, New Plymouth

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Mar 082014
 
Northern Knights ease past Auckland Aces

An in-form BJ Watling spearheaded the Northern Knights to an easy one-day win over the Auckland Aces today.

Watling made an unbeaten 97 as the Knights reached 257 for five in their 50 overs at Hamilton’s Seddon Park.

The visitors never got going in reply, eventually being dismissed for 147 in just 42.5 overs.

Auckland still lead the Ford Trophy points table after three matches after winning their opening two matches with bonus points, while the Knights climbed the table With their second victory in succession.

Watling has been in a rich vein of form in the domestic one-day competition – he has now compiled 252 runs in three knocks while only being dismissed once.

Batting at No 4, Watling’s runs came off 93 deliveries and featured nine fours and a six.

He added 87 for the third wicket with Daryl Mitchell, who had missed the latter stages of the first-class season and the opening two one-dayers with a broken thumb

Mitchell’s 59 came from 91 balls, as he made a slow start but picked up the pace in the middle stages and looked poised for a big score until run out during the second batting powerplay.

Jono Hickey gave the ND innings late impetus with a sweetly-struck 32 off only 27 balls as the hosts tallied 86 off the last 10 overs.

Both sides were without a swag of Black Caps, who flew out at the weekend to Dubai as part of their World Twenty20 tournament preparation. The Knights were missing Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Corey Anderson and Anton Devcich while the Aces had to do without Martin Guptill, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan and Colin Munro.

Auckland lost top-order wickets regularly in their pursuit, with seamers Scott Kuggeleijn and Graeme Aldridge getting among the wickets.

The ND spin armoury also flourished, never allowing the visitors to get back into the match.

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Mar 062014
 
Aces make four changes for round three

Jono Sole is one of four changes to the Aces line-up

The Auckland Aces have made four changes to their squad for their thrird round match with the Northern Knights in Hamilton tomorrow.
 
Gareth Hopkins returns after missing the last game due to family commitments and Tipene Friday, Matt Quinn and Jono Sole come in to replace the departing Blackcaps contingent.

The Aces have got their Ford Trophy campaign off to the perfect start with two bonus point wins but coach Matt Horne says that this game presents another challenge for his side.

“Anytime you have a number of new players coming in to the team it has to be managed carefully and especially when you’re winning because you want to maintain that momentum. It’s something that we knew about well in advance though so we’ve planned for it and the guys coming in are really keen to make a big contribution.”

A team will be named from the following twelve players:
 
Gareth Hopkins (Captain) (Parnell)
Michael Bates (Suburbs New Lynn)
Craig Cachopa (Takapuna)
Colin de Grandhomme (Howick Pakuranga)
Tipene Friday (Parnell)
Donovan Grobbelaar (Howick Pakuranga)
Anaru Kitchen (Waitakere City)
Robbie O’Donnell (Takapuna)
Matt Quinn (Cornwall)
Jeet Raval (Suburbs New Lynn)
Bhupinder Singh (Papatoetoe)
Jono Sole (Takapuna)

Mar 052014
 
Knights get home in a thriller, Aces two from two

Published: 7:28PM Wednesday March 05, 2014 Source: ONE Sport

There was last over drama at Seddon Park as the Northern Knights’ BJ Watling and Jono Boult chased down the Otago Volts’ score with one ball to spare, after Jesse Ryder had lifted his side with his second century in two games.

Jesse Ryder’s second consecutive century was the backbone of the Volts’ innings.

Trent Boult had bowled superbly at the start to remove Hamish Rutherford for 17 and danger man Ryan ten Doeschate for a duck, before Ryder and Michael Bracewell combined for 96 runs for the fourth wicket.

Jimmy Neesham contributed a rapid 26, before Ish Sodhi, Scott Kuggeleijn and Kane Williamson cleaned up the tail. No-one could stop Ryder completing his ton, which took his side to a respectable total from a tentative start.

The Knights’ run rate required hovered at just over six as Joe Carter (33) and Kane Williamson accumulated, after Daniel Flynn went for one in the second over.

When Carter was stumped by Derek de Boorder from Nick Beard for 33, BJ Watling continued steadily with Williamson, until the latter went for 75 to a spectacular Neesham catch from Nick Beard’s bowling.

Corey Anderson hit a breezy 34 from 28, before Neil Wagner made him the first of his three quick wickets.

The Knights needed 43 from the last five overs with Watling and Jono Boult in the middle facing some tight bowling and fielding, before Boult hit out with a string of boundaries.

Six were needed from the last over, but ten Doescate put Boult down from the third to last ball of the innings, and Neesham was unable to prevent Watling hitting the second to last ball for six to take the win in a thriller.

In Nelson, the Auckland Aces put in another strong performance with bat and ball on a stunning day.

Craig Cachopa and Colin de Grandhomme helped them reach 307 for seven, before their bowling attack withstood a strong start to bowl the Devon Hotel Central Stags out well short in the 40th over.

The Aces’ top order all had starts through Martin Guptill (35), Anaru Kitchen (31) and Jeet Raval (44). It was Craig Cachopa with 66 from 62 deliveries and Colin de Grandhomme, who thumped 78 from 52, who really upped the tempo and took the total up toward 300.

De Grandhomme in particular was unforgiving on anything wayward, and plundered seven fours and three sixes, including one onto the pavilion roof from Andrew Mathieson.

In reply, Jamie How and Ben Smith got the Stags off to a flyer with an 81 run opening stand, broken when Mitchell McClenaghan had Smith caught by Cachopa for 34 in the 16th over, which McClenaghan followed up by bowling How for 44 in the 18th.

The Stags’ momentum was stymied somewhat as the run rate headed toward eight an over, as Colin Munro chipped two wickets.

From there, Kyle Mills (in his 250th List A match), captain Michael Bates and McClenaghan took control, bowling the Stags out 92 runs short in the 40th over, with Craig Cachopa taking five catches in the process.

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Jan 222014
 
Change of pace for T20 champ Northern Knights

The concentration and motivation of the Northern Knights will be tested in Napier over the next four days.

The domestic Twenty20 champions return to first-class action at Napier’s McLean Park against the Central Stags starting today.

Northern will field six players who were part of the XI that won the HRV Twenty20 title in Hamilton on Saturday night, earning their side a place in the qualifying tournament for the lucrative Champions Trophy this year.

Captain Daniel Flynn, batsmen Brad Wilson and Daryl Mitchell, batsman/wicketkeeper BJ Watling and bowling allrounders Scott Kuggeleijn and Ish Sodhi have been named in the squad to face the Stags.

The Knights will need to adjust quickly to the demands of the Plunket Shield if they want to chase another trophy during their 2013-14 campaign. Coach James Pamment’s side are second-to-bottom on the ladder with just 32 points from their first five games, with only the Stags (27 points) below them.

However, with a maximum of 20 points available for an outright win, there is a small opportunity for the Knights to chase current leaders Canterbury Wizards (62 points) over the remaining five four-day matches.

The Knights scored their only outright win of the first half of the season over the Stags in Hamilton in late November, triumphing by seven wickets. However, that Knights side did feature the test pace spearheads Trent Boult and Tim Southee – who took 12 wickets between them in the match – along with former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori and current Black Caps one-day star Corey Anderson.

None of that quartet are available in Napier, although the Stags will be without Ross Taylor and Adam Milne.

The Knights will be looking for the quartet of Joe Carter, Bharat Popli, James Baker and Mitchell Santner to continue their excellent form from the recent national provincial A tournament, while young seamer Anurag Verma will be out to make an impression after injury has again limited his opportunities this season.

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Jan 022014
 
Northern Knights in shock defeat to Canterbury

The Northern Knights stumbled to a shock defeat in their Twenty20 match against the Canterbury Wizards in Mount Maunganui today.

The hosts needed just 126 batting second to grab sole top spot in the HRV Twenty20 competition encounter but lost by 11 runs as the visitors produced a fine defensive bowling performance.

The loss left the Knights still sharing top spot on 16 points from six of their 10 round robin matches, the same as the defending champion Otago Volts. The Wellington Firebirds have 16 points from seven matches respectively while the Wizards grabbed their first win of their campaign to move up to fifth spot with 10 points.

Canterbury skipper Peter Fulton won the toss and chose to bat at Bay Oval but the opening over proved disastrous for the visitors.

Rob Nicol had his stumps disturbed by the first ball of the match from left-arm spinner Anton Devcich and the occasional Black Cap backed that up by enticing Dean Brownlie to push back an easy caught and bowled dismissal off the fifth ball.

Somewhat surprisingly, Devcich didn’t bowl again, being replaced by veteran seamer Graeme Aldridge while Black Caps test spearhead Trent Boult was used from the other end.

Knights skipper Daniel Flynn rotated his bowlers with dizzyingly effective results – when Black Caps test leg-spinner Ish Sodhi delivered the eighth over, he was the sixth bowler used by the hosts.

Tom Latham made a stylish 44 off 36 balls to give the Canterbury innings some desperate substance, while Brendon Diamanti made 37 off as many deliveries after surprisingly being given not out when on 1 after it appeared he’d been caught off Scott Styris, only for it to be ruled a bump ball.

Boult was a real handful in his four overs, conceding just 17 while older brother Jono excelled in the latter stages of the innings to finish with 2-23 off his full complement of off-spinners. Sodhi looked like he’d benefited from his mentoring session with Shane Warne, claiming 1-14 off three overs and snaring a sharp caught and bowled to get rid off Fulton.

The Knights got off to a rapid start but also suffered a double setback in the third over when Hamish Bennett picked up the wickets of openers Devcich and Flynn in consecutive balls.

Brad Wilson (43 off 53 balls) and BJ Watling (16 off 23) faced some demanding bowling from an array of seam and spin and had to be content to chiefly work singles and keep wickets in hand for the lift in run-rate required in the latter stages of the chase.

The Knights required 60 from the last eight overs and then 50 from five and 44 from four as the visitors applied the pressure.

Daryl Mitchell hit a six off the first ball he faced but the Knights still required 23 off the last two overs. The equation reached 18 from nine balls when Styris skied one off Andrew Ellis that Roneel Hira clutched gleefully running in from long on and Hira also snared Mitchell off Ellis tiptoeing along the boundary two balls later.

Needing 18 off the last over, the hosts never got close.

Bennett took 2-18 from four impressive overs, Hira took 1-18 from four as Northern laboured after the low target and Ellis picked up 3-23 from three.

Meanwhile, a century from star all rounder Nicola Browne pushed the Northern Spirit to their first win of the season.

The Spirit triumphed by 26 runs in their one-day match against the Canterbury Magicians in Rangiora yesterday.

Browne made 108 batting at No 4 before being run out off the final ball of the innings. She struck seven fours and two sixes and made 56 per cent of the Spirit’s 50-over tally of 193-8.

Brooke Kirkbride then took 4-29 off her 10 overs as the hosts were bowled out for 167 in the 46th over, while Browne completed a fine match double with 2-18 off eight overs.

Twenty20 scoreboard

NORTHERN KNIGHTS vs CANTERBURY WIZARDS
Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui

CANTERBURY WIZARDS
> RJ Nicol b AP Devcich 0
> GH Worker b SB Styris 14
> DG Brownlie c & b AP Devcich 0
> PG Fulton c & b IS Sodhi 21
> TWM Latham c AP Devcich b JJ Boult 44
> BJ Diamanti c DJ Mitchell b JJ Boult 37
> AM Ellis run out (DJ Mitchell/BJ Watling) 4
> RM Hira not out 1
> MJ Henry not out 0
> Extras (lb 1, wd 3, nb 0) 4
> Total (for 7 wickets, 20.0 overs) 125
> Fall: 1-0 (RJ Nicol, 0.1), 2-0 (DG Brownlie, 0.5), 3-36 (GH Worker, 6.5), 4-41 (PG Fulton, 7.6), 5-120 (BJ Diamanti, 19.2), 6-120 (TWM Latham, 19.3), 7-125 (AM Ellis, 19.6)
> Bowling: AP Devcich 1-0-1-2, TA Boult 4-0-17-0 (2w, GW Aldridge 2-0-17-0, SC Kuggeleijn 2-0-24-0, SB Styris 4-0-28-1, IS Sodhi 3-0-14-1 (1w, JJ Boult 4-0-23-2

NORTHERN KNIGHTS
> DR Flynn b HK Bennett 13
> AP Devcich c BJ Diamanti b HK Bennett 8
> BS Wilson c RM Hira b AM Ellis 43
> BJ Watling c RJ Nicol b RM Hira 16
> SB Styris c RM Hira b AM Ellis 10
> DJ Mitchell c RM Hira b AM Ellis 11
> SC Kuggeleijn not out 5
> JJ Boult c RJ Nicol b LV van Beek 1
> TA Boult not out 0
> Extras (lb 0, wd 6, nb 1) 7
> Total (for 7 wickets, 20.0 overs) 114
> Fall: 1-22 (AP Devcich, 2.4), 2-22 (DR Flynn, 2.5), 3-67 (BJ Watling, 12.4), 4-94 (BS Wilson, 16.5), 5-108 (SB Styris, 18.4), 6-108 (DJ Mitchell, 18.6), 7-110 (JJ Boult, 19.4)
> Bowling: HK Bennett 4-0-18-2 (1w, MJ Henry 4-0-22-0 (1w, AM Ellis 3-0-23-3 (4w, 1nb), RJ Nicol 4-0-27-0, RM Hira 4-0-18-1, LV van Beek 1-0-6-1

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