Mark Chapman in action for Auckland Aces in Super Smash T20 - Image by Auckland Cricket @aucklandcricket -

A maiden T20 century from Hong Kong’s International player, Mark Chapman guided Auckland Aces to a 7-run win over Canterbury Kings at Hagley Oval, Christchurch in New Zealand’s T20 tournament, Super Smash.

Chapman came in after the early loss of Auckland’s openers and took over the proceedings, scoring a brutal 101 runs from only 58 deliveries to notch up his first T20 century in the format. An innings with 174.1 strike-rate took Auckland to 168/5 in their 20 overs. So dominant was Chapman’s knock that the other batsmen could contribute only 62 runs from the other end with 5 extras thrown into the final total on board.

Valiant knocks from Tom Latham (46 off 31) and Chad Bowes (28 off 21) were not enough as Auckland bowlers kept picking wickets at regular intervals to restrict Canterbury Kings to 161/8 in their 20 overs to lose the match by 7 runs.

Auckland Aces go on top of the points table after their win today over the Kings.

Brief Scores:

Auckland Aces 168/5 in 20 overs (Mark Chapman 101, Craig Cachopa 27, Ed Nuttall 2/23, Andrew Ellis 2/34) beat Canterbury Kings 161/8 in 20 overs (Tom Latham 46, Chad Bowes 28, Cam Fletcher 22 n.o, Ben Lister 2/38, Tarun Nethula 2/32, Sam Curran 1/20, Sean Solia 1/11) by 7 runs

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