25 Jan 2015

Auckland into one day final

5:38 am on 25 January 2015

The Auckland cricketers have qualified for next weekend's final of the Ford Trophy one day competition after beating Central Districts by 45 runs in New Plymouth.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first scoring 260 with Colin de Grandhomme top scoring with 63, while Colin Munro made 53.

Auckland batsman Colin Munro

Auckland batsman Colin Munro Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Doug Bracewell took four for 44 from his 10 overs.

In reply Central were bowled out for 215 in the 44th over with Dane Cleaver making 66 while Tarun Nethula took four wickets.

Central will next play Otago, who won the elimination match against Northern Districts in Queenstown.

Northern scored 245 for eight with Daryl Mitchell getting 72, while Neil Wagner took four wickets.

Otago playing Northern Districts at the Queenstown Events Center 2015.

Otago playing Northern Districts at the Queenstown Events Center 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

In reply Otago struggled at times but got home with three wickets and four balls to spare.

Jesse Ryder top scored with 52.

Mark Craig and Neil Wagner put on an unbeaten eighth wicket partnership of 45 to get them through to the win.

The Central-Otago match is on Wednesday with the winner of that game going through to Sunday's final in Auckland.

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