After two abandoned matches, the Stags were left in fifth spot for 2018/19. MBUTCHER

End of the road for Stags, Canterbury



Pukekura Park

24 November 2018


Result: No play possible

The day before, it had been another day in Taradise with sunshine beating down in New Plymouth.

But heavy overnight rain in New Plymouth saw the two out-of-contention sides turn up to a damp Pukekura Park on game day. Early lunch was taken and the match called off in the early afternoon without a toss.

Canterbury had already been assured of the wooden spoon for 2018/19, their List A season having deteriorated after losing BLACKCAPS Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham and Matt Henry from the early rounds, when they had been top of the table.

Nevertheless, they would have enjoyed another go at hunting down the Stags after having beaten the side at Pukekura Park back in the Round Two.

Opening batsman Chad Bowes (above, PHOTOSPORT) finished as Canterbury's top run-maker with 414 runs at 46.00 while captain Cole McConchie led the way with the ball taking 13 wickets at 20.84.

The Stags became the only team to be held back by two no-results, but ultimately — despite some remarkable victories and upsets — their young side with six players aged 21 or under had been too inconsistent to progress.

Centuries to two of the young men, Josh Clarkson and Dean Foxcroft, would be highlights, while recalled veteran Greg Hay finished top of the Stags' runs with 351 at 43.87, including a career best 85.

Greg Hay enjoyed his rare Ford Trophy outings. MBUTCHER

Allrounder and left-armer Ben Wheeler (above, PHOTOSPORT) produced an encouraging comeback after his spinal fusion surgery, leading the wickets with 10 from four appearances at a superb 14.30.

Their attention will now turn to the defence of the first-class Plunket Shield, in which the Stags remain top of the table. They will head to Alexandra unbeaten, looking to continue their campaign against the resurgent Otago Volts starting on 6 December.

Competition Winner: Auckland Aces

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Auckland Aces 10 6 4 0 0 0 4 28 0.46
2 Canterbury 10 5 4 0 1 0 3 25 0.08
3 Otago Volts 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.21
4 Northern Districts 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.00
5 Wellington Firebirds 10 5 5 0 0 0 1 21 0.01
6 Central Stags 10 2 7 0 1 0 0 10 -0.84

Order in the Table Determined by: 1. Total Points, 2. Number of Wins, 3. Number of Bonus Points, 4. Net Run Rate (NRR - NRR For minus NRR Against over the whole competition)

Points Awarded: Won - 4, Lost - 0, Tied - 2, No Result - 2, Abandoned - 2, Bonus Point (Run Rate 1.25x Opponents') - 1

Elimination Final - Otago Volts won by 6 runs

Most Runs

1Devon Conway553
2Colin Munro492
3John Boyle491
4Neil Broom471
5Chad Bowes428
6Henry Cooper417
7Dean Foxcroft406
8Robert O'Donnell401
9Nicholas Kelly374
10George Worker371

Most Wickets

1Benjamin Lister23
2Jacob Duffy21
3Andrew Ellis18
4=Michael Rippon16
4=Seth Rance16
6=Anurag Verma15
6=Nathan Smith15
8=Andrew Hazeldine14
8=Iain McPeake14
10Ollie Newton13

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