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Canterbury catapult to one-day win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/02/2017

Matt Henry of Canterbury. © Getty Image Matt Henry of Canterbury. An unrelenting pace attack has catapulted Canterbury to a 27-run win over Wellington in Christchurch and into the domestic one-day cricket final.

Between them, Matt Henry and Henry Shipley collected six wickets in the preliminary final at Hagley Oval as top qualifiers Wellington fell well short of Canterbury's 250 all out in 49.3 overs.

Henry, with figures of 3-44, and 20-year-old Shipley (3-37), were the chief destroyers as Wellington struggled to recover from the early losses of Michael Papps and skipper Hamish Marshall.

Only wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, with 63 off 76 balls, provided an innings of substance, with a late 32-run flurry from Brent Arnel and Hamish Bennett for the final wicket lending some respectability to the scoreline.

Sent in to bat after Wellington won the toss, Canterbury looked in trouble when Tom Latham (3) and Henry Nicholls (5) disappeared early.

But opener Chad Bowes dug in, putting on 65 for the third wicket with Peter Fulton and anchoring the Canterbury innings with a 90-ball 84.

Todd Astle and Cole McConchie provided solid middle-order back-up, Astle with 61 and McConchie with an unbeaten 40 off 42 balls.

Wellington must now beat defending champions Central Districts on Wednesday to earn a rematch against Canterbury in next weekend's grand final.

Central Districts cruised to a 48-run win over Northern Districts at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth on Saturday, the win set up by an intimidating 336-7 after winning the toss.

Tom Bruce anchored the innings, slamming eight sixes and six fours in his 81-ball 100, with George Worker's 79 and Kieran Noeama-Barnett's 49-ball 74 also playing a key role in the formidable total.

Corey Anderson's 79 sparked brief hopes of an unlikely win for Northern Districts, but although Scott Kuggeleijn played his part with an unbeaten 85, he ran out of partners and ND were bowled out for 288 nine balls short of 50 overs.

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