Knights clinch finals spot

08 January 2018 20:30:52 GMTPlus11

Anton Devcich's innings in Northern Knights' win over Auckland may put him back in the frame for an international recall.

Devcich hasn't been picked by New Zealand since late 2014 when he played the last of his four T20 internationals.

The 32-year-old sent a reminder to selectors with his 76 off 37 balls in Auckland as the Knights chased down the Aces' 202-5 with relative ease.

He's now the second-highest scorer in this season's Super Smash and has also contributed with the ball, taking 11 wickets and going for less than seven while often bowling in the powerplays.

Devcich hammered five sixes and eight fours to propel ND to a six-wicket win that secures their spot in the finals.

The Knights increased their lead at the top of the table, with 26 points from nine matches, and improved their chances of securing the title for the second time.

Two more batsmen reached half-centuries after Devcich's departure with Daniel Flynn (58 not out off 30 balls) and Daryl Mitchell (50no off 22) adding an unbroken 78 for the fifth wicket off just 37 balls.

Earlier, Aces batsman Mark Chapman had made 57 from 30 balls to stake his own claim for an international call-up and English import Sam Curran added a rapid unbeaten 48 at No 7.

New Zealand allrounder Colin de Grandhomme, returning to action following the death of his father in Zimbabwe, only made five before being run out.

Knights legspinner Ish Sodhi bowled well to take 2-35 off four overs while Devcich claimed one wicket with his spin and English import Chris Jordan (0-29 off four) was also effective.

Meanwhile, bottom-placed Otago Volts are 2.75 to win their next game against Central Stags, who are 1.44.

The Volts are 2.10 to have the highest opening partnership.

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