2010-11 HRV Cup: Canterbury seal 60-run win over Northern Districts
Canterbury finished the league stage of the 2010-11 HRV Cup at No. 3 after sealing a huge 60-run win against Northern Districts in the final league game of the tournament played at Village Green, Christchurch on Wednesday, December 29th. Chasing a competitive
target of 164, the Knights could score only 103 before the whole team was bundled out in the 18th over.
Johan van der Wath was remarkable with the ball as he returned with 3 for 12 in his quota of four overs. He was joined by Richard Sherlock with his three wickets. Earlier, the Northern Districts' skipper Peter Fulton blazed away with the bat to lift the
side to a respectable score of 163 for 5 from their allotted 20 overs. Fulton scored 64 runs from 46 balls plundering five muscular boundaries and two lofty sixes.
The Wizards, after being put in to bat, went off to a tottering start losing opener Rob Nicol on the sixth ball of the day. But the early loss did not bother the skipper Fulton as such, as he continued his game steadily adding 42 runs to the scorecard for
the second wicket partnership with Michael Papps, with the mass coming from the former. Papps was caught by Daniel Flynn off Bradley Scott in the sixth over.
Papps’ dismissal took Ryan ten Doeschate to the crease who added 14 runs to the team’s total before Scott struck back to break his stumps in the 11th over. Fulton shared another 34-run useful stand with Shanan Stewart to bring 100 up for the side
in the 15th over. Stewart scored 16 off 17 including a six as well before he was bowled out by Brad Hodge. An over later, Scott struck back for the third time to remove the fluent opener having caught by Anton Devcich at 64 to leave Canterbury 115
for five on the board.
In-came Johan van der Wath who went on to plunder four sixes in his 13-ball 31 to take the side to a competitive total of 163. Bradley Scott finished with 3 for 20 from four overs while Arnel and Hodge shared one wicket each.
Northern Districts, competing for a place in Sunday’s final, went off to a shaky start with their wickets clattering at regular intervals and were reeling at 37 for 5 in the 9th over. The remaining five batsmen added 66 runs to the scorecard from
the next 10 overs before the whole team was rolled over on the last ball of 18th over. Wicketkeeper batsman B J Watling top scored with 20 runs while seven of the Knights' batsmen fell for single digit scores.