The Central Stags demolished Auckland Aces by 78 runs in the finals of the HRV Cup to qualify for the 2010 CL T20 tournament.
New Delhi: The Central Districts started off their HRV campaign by getting the better of Wellington Firebirds by 19 runs at New Plymouth's Pukekura Park.
Peter Ingram made 70 of 59 balls with nine fours and a six at the top of the order. Ross Taylor chipped in with 47 while captain Jaime How scored 37. The Firebirds could only manage 189 for the loss of 9 wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.
All rounder Graham Napier and medium fast bowler Michael Mason took three wickets each for the Stags.
Central Districts' second outing ended in a nail biting finish as they pipped Otaga Volts by a single run in a low scoring affair. Jacob Oram took five wickets as the Stags succesfully defended a total of 116.
Northern Knights was next up for Central Districts and the Stags won a high scoring match by 19 runs after being bowled out for 184.
The Stags' winning run was halted when they went down to Auckland Aces by 7 wickets. Auckland captain Gareth Hopkins smashed 71 of 44 balls as they reached the victory target of 156 with 10 balls to spare.
The Central Districts had mixed fortunes in their following fixtures, they beat Canterbury Wizards in back to back matches before again coming up second best against the Auckland Aces by just one run. They also went on to lose their next match to wellington Firebirds by 19 runs, ironically the winning margin was exactly the same when the two sides met previously, the result was in favour of the Stags on that occasion.
However, the Stags went back to winning ways when it mattered most by defeating Otago Volts and Northern Knights in their last two matches to enter the finals of the HRV cup.
They then avenged their two losses to Auckland Aces by demolishing them by 78 runs in the grand finale to lift the cup and qualify for the 2010 CL T20.