Wellington 240 for 2 (Murdoch 80*, Pollard 70) kick Canterbury 239 for 8 (Ellis 81, Woodcock 3-26, Elliot 2-26) by 8 wickets
A clever all-round Wellington show, led by Luke Woodcock with a round and Stephen Murdoch with bat, helped a organisation corner past Canterbury in a third rough final in Christchurch and book their entrance to a final of a Ford Trophy, opposite Northern Districts on Apr 5. It was Wellington’s second uninterrupted win in a rough finals – they suspended Auckland in their prior compare – and it has now offering them a possibility to take a shot during a pretension after finishing fourth in a organisation stage.
Opting to bowl, Wellington pennyless a behind of Canterbury’s innings within a space of 11 deliveries. Canterbury had done plain swell to strech 100 for a detriment of one wicket in a 23rd over when Woodcock, a left-arm spinner, struck. He discharged opener Tom Latham for 48, afterwards had Rob Nicol stumped in his subsequent over. In between, Grant Elliot private Dean Brownlie for a four-ball duck. From 100 for 1, Canterbury mislaid 3 some-more wickets though any further to their score. The conditions worsened as they mislaid dual some-more wickets in discerning time to be 125 for 6 in a 33rd over. A late ripose by Andrew Ellis, who scored a career-best 81, regenerated a innings to 239.
Wellington done a clever start to their chase, with a openers adding 55. Michael Papps was out for 32, though Michael Pollard and Murdoch put on 95 for a second wicket to blow divided any thoughts of a collapse. Pollard, who strike 8 fours and a 6 in his 70, was a usually other wicket to tumble as Murdoch found another means fan in captain James Franklin, who scored an dominant half-century. The dual helped Wellington wander past a aim with 4 overs to spare.