Chapman century takes Aces top
Mark Chapman scored a maiden T20 ton as Auckland Aces picked up a win that puts them on top of the Super Smash standings.
The Aces beat Canterbury at Hagley Oval in Christchurch thanks to Chapman's 101 off 58 balls.
The Hong Kong international, who's also eligible to play for New Zealand, helped propel the visitors to 168-5 and Canterbury fell short in their chase by seven runs.
Auckland couldn't get spinners Jeremy Benton and Cole McConchie away in the early overs and McConchie removed Sean Solia in the second over.
Chapman, though, took no time to get adjusted as he dispatched the Canterbury bowlers to all parts of the ground.
He smashed six sixes and three fours before bringing up his hundred in the 16th over, but was out next ball when guiding a shot straight to backward point.
The Aces limped to the end of their innings as Andy Ellis claimed the wickets of Craig Cachopa and Sam Curran in the space of three balls at the end of the 18th over.
The Kings' chase was going along reasonably well as they reached 69-2 in the 10th over, but Chad Bowes (28 off 21) fell at the end of that over to the impressive Tarun Nethula.
When Nethula got McConchie caught behind in his next over it left Tom Latham as the set batsman. He pushed them through to 123-5 in the 16th over when he was bowled by Ben Lister on 46.
They were in the hunt going into the final two overs, needing 24, but skipper Andy Ellis was then out to a sharp diving catch from Solia at the end of the penultimate over.
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