Canterbury clinched the national provincial A cricket title in Lincoln today, winning both their Twenty20 games.
They went into the final day of the tournament with a three-point lead over second placed Northern Districts A in the standings.
Canterbury A managed to defend 178 in their opening game against Wellington, with left-arm spinner Matt Holstein shining with four for 29 from his four overs. Offspinner Cole McConchie was miserly with the ball, claiming one for five from two overs.
Wellington fell 19 runs short despite a dangerous 64-run seventh partnership between Fraser Colson and Peter Young-Husband.
Auckland A were no match for Canterbury in their afternoon game, being dismissed for just 63, batting first.
Canterbury Wizards' contracted player George Worker was the chief destroyer, taking four for 13 with his left-arm spin bowling. Worker then shone with the bat, clubbing seven fours and three sixes to finish with 50 not out as Canterbury eased to a nine-wicket victory.
Today's Twenty20 games:
Central Districts A 160-8 in 20 overs (B Smith 60, J Poole 29, J Walker 2-22, J Baker 2-26) lost to Northern Districts A 162-5 in 19.1 overs (B Popli 42, J Carter 33, R Badenhorst 3-20) by five wickets.
Auckland A 149-5 in 20 overs (J Bassett-Graham 61, T McIntosh 32, M Snedden 3-30) beat Otago A 87 all out in 16.4 overs (M Rae 28no, B Singh 3-24, W Barnes 2-8, D Bartlett 2-18) by 62 runs.
Canterbury A 178 all out in 19.1 overs (H Nicholls 45, B Cachopa 43, M Houghton 4-23, O Newton 3-42) beat Wellington A 159-7 in 20 overs (F Colson 40, P Young-Husband 36 no, M Holstein 4-29) by 19 runs.
Otago A 47 all out in 10 overs (T Griffin 17, A Patel 5-8, J Poole 3-13) lost to Central Districts A 51-2 in 10.3 overs (G Hay 28 no) by eight wickets.
Northern Districts A 133-8 in 20 overs (J Carter 43, J Hickey 40, N Naguleswaran 2-23, AJ McKay 2-25) lost to Wellington A 134-2 (M Taylor 62no, B Orton 29) by eight wickets.
Auckland A 63 all out in 16.4 overs (G Worker 4-13, C McConchie 2-8) lost toCanterbury A 68-1 in 6.6 overs (Worker 50 no) by nine wickets.
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