Cachopa scores 121 as Auckland beat Canterbury

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 18:49 26/02/2013

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A brilliant maiden century by Craig Cachopa helped Auckland comfortably win their opening domestic one-day cricket game in Christchurch today.

After a season with Wellington last year, the youngest of the trio of Cachopas playing domestic cricket in New Zealand marked his first 50-over match for Auckland with a man of the match 121.

Cachopa's effort - 101 runs better than his previous high score at his level - helped beat Canterbury by five wickets with two overs remaining.

Cachopa came to the crease with his team at 57-2 needing a further 203 to beat Canterbury's 269-9 first innings.

He was never troubled at the crease, easily making his way to 50 in 46 balls.

He then sped up with his next 50 coming off just 38 including four dot balls in a row on 99.

Canterbury's Matt McEwan bowled Cachopa on 115, but the delivery was ruled a no ball because Canterbury had too many fielders outside the 30m circle.

He was eventually dismissed for 121 with the victory in all but assured.

Opener Tim McIntosh started well for the visitors, scoring 72 before he was strangely out hit wicket off Todd Astle's bowling while Colin de Grandhomme finished unbeaten on 34.

Earlier Canterbury's innings was boosted with half centuries to Peter Fulton (74) and Rob Nicol (68) while Auckland's Michael Bates took 4-45 and three catches.

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