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Nicholls hits winning ton for Canterbury

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/02/2017

Henry Nicholls of the Kings batting during the McDonalds Super Smash T20 match between Canterbury Kings and Otago Volts at Hagley Oval on December 23, 2016 © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Henry Nicholls of the Kings batting during the McDonalds Super Smash T20 match between Canterbury Kings and Otago Volts at Hagley Oval on December 23, 2016 Henry Nicholls scored a dominant century as Canterbury pipped Northern Districts by two runs to join the domestic one-day title chase.

Nicholls delivered a reminder to the national selectors of his limited overs ability as he cracked 140 off 125 balls in Canterbury's 275-7 at Hagley Oval.

The Test batsman, who has been dropped for New Zealand's most recent ODIs, scored more than half his team's runs in a knock which featured 13 fours and four sixes.

Northern Districts looked on track for most of the chase before being dismissed for 273 with three balls to spare.

Logan van Beek bowled the decisive final over, dismissing Ish Sodhi and then centurion Tim Seifert for 104, who attempted a ramp shot to score the winning runs but was caught.

Canterbury and Northern Districts are among four teams separated by a point after six of 10 rounds.

Auckland is another despite their 33-run loss to Otago in a run-fest at Invercargill.

The hosts raced to 340-7 thanks largely to 83 from Dutch international opener Michael Rippon and an unbeaten 73 off 46 balls from Josh Finnie.

Auckland reached 307-7 in response, with the competition's leading run-scorer Sean Solia top-scoring with 64.

Wellington lead even though their match against Central Districts was washed out in Wellington.

Central Districts had reached 150-2 off 30 overs when rain arrived. Opener George Worker was left stranded on 80.

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