Auckland maintained their grip on the Ford Trophy competition by thrashing Central Districts in their 50-over match at Eden Park today.
The Aces won by 211 runs to embarrass the Stags who remain well off the pace on the competition ladder.
Winning the toss and batting first on the Outer Oval that has produced so many runs in recent matches, Auckland continued that trend by posting 285 despite being dismissed with 13 balls left.
But any disappointment at not getting past 300 was soon overcome when the Aces ripped through the Stags for just 74 off 24.3 overs.
Runs and wickets were shared around by the rampant Aucklanders.
Anaru Kitchen (42), and internationals Colin Munro (78) and Colion de Grandhomme (60) formed the basis of the Aces' big total.
Munro and De Grandhomme added 102 for the fifth wicket.
And the Stags batsmen had no answers to Auckland's international bowling lineup with Chris Martin claiming 3-33 and Kyle Mills, Michael Bates and De Grandhomme each collecting two wickets.
Jeet Raval and Jamie How were the only batsmen in the Stags' top order to reach double figures while spinner Martin Kain was last out for 13.
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