Big Nicol ton sees Wizards to solid win

In Mount Maunganui, Brad Cachopa got the Wizards off to a solid start with his 58 but the innings was dominated by Rob Nicol's 171 not out from 116 balls. The Knights bowlers contained the Wizards batsmen effectively in perfect conditions but were unable to convert pressure into wickets. That handed the Wizards the luxury of wickets in hand, allowing them to up the scoring rate and chance their arm successfully in their Power Play overs to score 362/6, 50-60 runs more than the Knights would have felt comfortable chasing.

 

Wizards seamers Andrew Ellis (2/44) and Ryan McCone (3/64) were among the wickets, while Hamish Bennett (1/24 from 6 overs) and Logan van Beek (1/42 from 7 overs) were extremely economical, piling on the pressure. The Knights batsmen paid the penalty for losing early wickets and were bowled out well short of their goal in the 40th over for 254, with Anurag Verma top scoring on 58.

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