Wizards down Northern Districts for top spot

03:29, Mar 26 2014

The Canterbury Wizards have thumped Northern Districts and taken their top spot in the domestic one-day cricket competition.

After routing ND for just 119 at Christchurch's Hagley Oval today, Canterbury reached their meagre target for the loss of just four wickets.

The bonus point they picked up moved them one clear of ND on the six-team ladder ensuring Canterbury top spot and hosting rights for Sunday's 1 v 2 semifinal.

That match will also be against ND, again at Hagley Oval.

Left-armer Ryan McCone was the hero Canterbury taking a record 6-19, while Hamish Bennett took 3-16.

The best part of the match for ND was winning the toss - from there it went downhill quickly.

Daniel Flynn was dismissed on the first ball of the game and the visitors struggled to recover.

They were 0-1, 1-2, 12-3, 18-4, 20-5, 25-6, 26-7 and 40-8 before any semblance of a decent partnership was formed.

Mitchell Santner (61) and No 10 Anurag Verma (19) added 68 for the ninth wicket before the innings was wrapped up.

Canterbury cruised in reply and reached their target in the 27th over with Dean Brownlie (47) the top scorer.

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