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De Grandhomme on fire for leaders Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016

© Julian Smith/AAP Image Colin de Grandhomme has bludgeoned Auckland to a five-wicket win over Canterbury to maintain their position on top of the domestic Twenty20 championship standings.

Black Caps allrounder de Grandhomme hammered seven sixes in a 35-ball 72 as Auckland ran down Canterbury's 150 with 10 balls to spare.

Reduced to 75-5, Auckland recovered to 156-5, having swung momentum when de Grandhomme smashed 30 runs off the the 14th over bowled by spinner Jeremy Benton, including four sixes.

Earlier, legspinner Tarun Nethula took 4-18 off four overs for Auckland while new ball pair Donovan Grobbelaar and Tymal Mills both snared three scalps.

Central Districts are also unbeaten and remain second following a nine-run defeat of winless Wellington in Nelson.

Tom Bruce continued a prolific summer, scoring 74 off 41 as the hosts posted 181-5.

Wellington's hopes faded when opener Hamish Marshall was removed for 52, with the chase stuttering to 172-6.

Meanwhile, Otago batsman Neil Broom warmed up for his Black Caps return with a swift half-century in their eight-wicket defeat of Northern Districts in Mt Maunganui.

The home side reached 157-5 before Otago eased to 158-2 in the 18th over.

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