Radio New Zealand – An exciting race for the third and final spot in the playoffs of cricket’s national domestic Twenty20 competition has ended with the Central Districts Stags joining the Northern Districts Knights and Auckland Aces in the hunt for the title.

Summary

  • An exciting race for the third and final spot in the playoffs of cricket’s national domestic Twenty20 competition has ended with the Central Districts Stags joining the Northern Districts Knights and Auckland Aces in the hunt for the title.
  • ND and Auckland had already qualified heading into Sunday’s final round matches, with Canterbury, CD and Wellington all in contention to join them.
  • In what was a convulated equation, the Stags advanced after they beat Wellington by 29 runs in the capital and Canterbury let a strong position slip to lose by four wickets against the Knights in Hamilton.
  • Central Districts set the Firebirds a stiff target of 195 to win, with Wellington only able to muster 165-5.
  • A brilliant innings from Dean Brownlie was the difference in Hamilton, the former Black Caps batsman beliting 86 from only 50 balls as ND fought back from 55-4 to reach their target of 191 with seven balls to spare.


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