Fantastic Finch seals 7 wkt victory for Victoria

Centurion: Aaron Finch stole the show with a breezy unbeaten 93 and singlehandely powered Victoria to a sensational seven-wicket win over Central District in their second Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament here on Wednesday.

Finch was at his destructive best as he clobbered the bowlers for 11 fours and three sixes en route his 60-ball match-winning innings.

The 23--year-old right-hander was ably supported by Victoria skipper David Hussey and Andrew McDonald, who made an identical 17-ball 18.

Chasing Central District`s challenging 166-run target, Victoria rode on Finch`s brilliance to romp home in 19.4 overs and bring back their campaing on track after the opening 28-run loss against Warriors in the Twenty20 event.

For Central District it is their second consecutive defeat in the tournament after their 57-run loss to Chennai Super Kings and now stands in the brink of elimation.

Earlier, riding on captain Jamie How`s unbeaten 77, Central District overcame a scratchy start to post a competitive 165 for five.

How decorated his 55-ball unconquered stay at the crease with 10 fours and three sixes.

Victoria started their chase on a steady fashion with Rob Quiney and Aaron Finch adding 40 runs in 4.3 overs.

But if not for butterfingered wicket-keeper Tim Weston the scenario could have been different as he dropped a regulation catch off Quiney in the fourth over.

But it was not to be Quiney`s day as he failed to cash in on the opportunity and clipped one straight to Michael Mason at short-fine leg off Seth Rance in the next over.

Rance seemed to emerge as the lucky bowler for Central Districts as his next over too produced an wicket but this time, courtesy a run out. Victoria wicket-keeper Mathew Wade was the unlucky batsman in contention who fall to a mix up with Finch.

Finch, however, remained steady at the other hand and dealt mostly in singles and twos with occasional boundaries in between.

Together with captain David Hussey, he stitched a 51-run third wicket stand to keep the Australian side in the reckoning.

However, poor fielding was the order of the day for the Kiwi side as Woker dropped dangerman Finch on 43 off his own bowling.


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