Wizards win off penultimate ball

Todd Astle smacked a four off the second to last ball as the State Canterbury Wizards beat the State Auckland Aces by two wickets at the Eden Park Outer Oval.

Canterbury were set 159 after winning the toss and putting in the home side.

The Aces were in trouble early after former BLACKCAP quick bowler Shane Bond took two wickets in his the first over and but some big hitting and good running from the middle order ensured they had a reasonable total.

Bond ended with three for 26 off his four overs.

Overseas player Steven Croft made 50 off 42 and shared a useful 77 run partnership with Scott Styris who made 35 off 28. 

Auckland’s hero from their previous State Twenty20 match, Luke Vivian, hit three massive sixes in his 30.

The Wizards chase was slow to get going but Shannan Stewart accelerated the scoring with 36 off 26. 

Corey Anderson then came to the wicket and struck 23 off 13 with Carl Frauenstein clubbing 27 off 16 to set up the victory.

Chris Martin was the pick of the Auckland attack taking two for 23 of his four overs.

The State Canterbury Wizards join the State Auckland Aces on two wins from three matches.

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