Northern Knights ease past Auckland Aces

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 17:23 09/03/2014

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An in-form BJ Watling spearheaded the Northern Knights to an easy one-day win over the Auckland Aces today.

Watling made an unbeaten 97 as the Knights reached 257 for five in their 50 overs at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

The visitors never got going in reply, eventually being dismissed for 147 in just 42.5 overs.

Auckland still lead the Ford Trophy points table after three matches after winning their opening two matches with bonus points, while the Knights climbed the table With their second victory in succession.

Watling has been in a rich vein of form in the domestic one-day competition - he has now compiled 252 runs in three knocks while only being dismissed once.

Batting at No 4, Watling's runs came off 93 deliveries and featured nine fours and a six.

He added 87 for the third wicket with Daryl Mitchell, who had missed the latter stages of the first-class season and the opening two one-dayers with a broken thumb

Mitchell's 59 came from 91 balls, as he made a slow start but picked up the pace in the middle stages and looked poised for a big score until run out during the second batting powerplay.

Jono Hickey gave the ND innings late impetus with a sweetly-struck 32 off only 27 balls as the hosts tallied 86 off the last 10 overs.

Both sides were without a swag of Black Caps, who flew out at the weekend to Dubai as part of their World Twenty20 tournament preparation. The Knights were missing Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Corey Anderson and Anton Devcich while the Aces had to do without Martin Guptill, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan and Colin Munro.

Auckland lost top-order wickets regularly in their pursuit, with seamers Scott Kuggeleijn and Graeme Aldridge getting among the wickets.

The ND spin armoury also flourished, never allowing the visitors to get back into the match.

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- Fairfax Media

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