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Fulton delivers on one-day inkling

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/02/2017

Skipper Andrew Ellis had an inkling that opener Peter Fulton was about to unleash something special in Canterbury's domestic one-day cricket final against Wellington in Rangiora on Saturday.

The 198cm veteran, who played 23 Tests and 49 ODIs for New Zealand, duly delivered with a record-breaking century in a rain-reduced 20 over match.

The 38-year-old smashed his ton off 50 deliveries on the way to 116, breaking Brendon McCullum's 2008 domestic record of 52 balls and setting up Canterbury's emphatic 28-run win.

Fulton pounded the short square boundary while hitting nine boundaries and seven sixes as Canterbury cruised to 199-3.

In response the Firebirds could only secure 171, handing Canterbury their first domestic title in 11 years.

"I had a feeling that Fults was going to be the guy for the job," Ellis said afterwards.

"He's been around a long time, and we don't know how long he's going to play for after this.

"It just seemed like out in Rangiora it was going to be his day, and it was."

Fulton said his targets for the match didn't involve breaking records.

"I was just trying to see if we could get as many as we could, because I knew it was a pretty good wicket.

"It was just one of those days - I thought I'd keep swinging as hard as I could, and luckily most of them kept on hitting the middle of the bat."

Although his own playing future is unclear, Fulton is confident Canterbury has the up-and-coming players to build on Saturday's win.

"We've had to listen for the last 10 or 11 years about how long it's been since we won a one-day comp, so it's nice to get that monkey off our back.

"Hopefully the young guys can move forward now and win a few more."

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