Knights move top with CD victory

31 December 2017 22:51:01 GMTPlus11

Northern Districts beat Central Districts by five wickets to claim to spot in the Super Smash standings.

The Knights overcame a speed bump in the middle of their run chase at Central Districts in New Plymouth.

Solid contributions from Tim Seifert and skipper Dean Brownlie helped get them well on the way to victory after they'd restricted CD to 181/8.

Central Districts went into the Pukekura Park clash in confident mood, having beaten the Knights by 49 runs just four days earlier.

But the visitors had the better batting performance with Seifert (47), Brownlie (34) and Anton Devcich (21) getting their run chase off to a strong start.

CD struck back in the 15th over when Ajaz Patel took two wickets in three balls to reduce the Knights to 145-5. But Daryl Mitchell blasted an unbeaten 30 from just 13 balls, and an unbeaten 18 from Daniel Flynn got ND home with two overs to spare.

Stags opener George Worker appeared to set the platform for a huge total after smashing 75 from 38 deliveries.

William Young also made 43 from 35 but Dane Cleaver (19) was the only other Stags batsman to reach double figures as they limped to 181-8.

Worker's innings featured six sixes and seven fours, and he added 83 for the second wicket with Young.

After the opener fell, Young could add only 11 more with Cleaver before he departed and from that point the next five wickets only produced another 32 runs.

Cleaver was trapped in front by Anton Devcich, who had previously removed Worker and his opening partner Jesse Ryder and who returned figues of 3-21.

The result saw the Knights move to 16 points after six matches, two points ahead of Auckland who have a game in hand.

Meanwhile, New Zealand are 10.00 to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The Black Caps are 7.00 to win the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup.

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