A solid knock by Henry Nicholls has seen the Canterbury Kings cruise to an easy 7-wicket win over the Northern Knights in Hamilton this evening.
Chasing 154 to win, Nicholls kept his sides’ chase secure and took the game away from the Knights through controlled aggression with the bat.
Peter Fulton dug in to form a match-winning partnership of 87 alongside Nicholls, setting the Kings well on their way to victory in a run chase that was never in doubt.
Andrew Ellis took five wickets in his spell, ripping through the Knights batting order and keeping the runs to better than the minimum, ending with figures of 5-9.
Ronnie Hira and Todd Astle also helped out with three wickets between them.
Barring an aggressive opening by Anton Devcich and a solid innings by captain Daniel Flynn, the rest of the Knights batsmen fell like a deck of cards before youngster Tim Seifert showed signs of his potential to help his side to a modest total.
The Knights had decided to bat first in what appeared to be perfect batting conditions, and despite being a few key players down due to Blackcaps commitments, there was still more than enough fire power to assist the top order.
The Knights couldn’t take advantage the perfect platform set by Devcich to kick on or utilise the talent of overseas import Kevin O’Brien in the middle order when a total or near 200 looked likely early in the innings.
Canterbury cruised to an easy victory by 7-wickets, thanks large in part to Henry Nicholls and Peter Fulton’s partnership.
Key stories from the match:
- Northern Knights win toss & chose to bat first
- 50-run opening partnership for the Knights inside first 4 overs
- Anton Devcich scores powers the Knights off to a good start – scoring 43 runs before being dismissed
- Ronnie Hira & Todd Astle take wickets to stifle Knights momentum
- Daniel Flynn scores 44 before being dismissed
- Andrew Ellis takes 5 wickets with figures of 5-9
- Northern Knights bowled out for 153 in the final over
- Canterbury Kings require 154 for victory
- Ronnie Hira blasts 2 sixes in opening over of run chase and gets Kings off to a flyer – eventually dismissed for 24 at a S/R of 200
- Peter Fulton and Harry Nicholls bring up 50-run partnership
- Harry Nicholls brings up half century
- Canterbury Kings win by 7-wickets