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Runs galore in opening Ford Trophy round

Published: 8:56PM Tuesday February 26, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

  • Michael Papps (Source: Photosport)
    Michael Papps - Source: Photosport

Runs poured in the opening round of New Zealand's domestic one-day competition today.

A staggering total of 1800 runs were scored across the three Ford Trophy matches, as New Zealand's domestic batsmen made hay while the sun shone.

The most remarkable result saw the Wellington Firebirds chase down Otago's daunting total of 349-7 with eight balls and six wickets to spare.

Former Black Cap opener Aaron Redmond set the tone for Otago with 114 off just 84 balls and he was well supported by his captain Derrick de Boorder, who stroked 77 off 70 balls.

Following the dismissal of Jesse Ryder for just four, Michael Papps (162 not out off 138 balls) and Stephen Murdoch (136 off 124 balls) combined with a match-winning 273 run partnership to give Wellington the points.

Elsewhere, Auckland beat Canterbury by five wickets, successfully chasing down 270 on the back of Craig Cachopa's 121 off 101 balls.

Meanwhile, Northern Districts' 322-7, with Daryl Mitchell (95 off 92 balls) and James Marshall (93 off 83 balls) the main contributors, ended up being far too much for Central Districts.

Ross Taylor top-scored for Central, but they were all out for 238, with Black Caps pace bowler Trent Boult claiming 4-38 in the 84-run win.