Finch Blasts Victoria To Win Over Central Districts
Victoria 166-3 (Finch 93no) beat
Central Districts 165-5 (How 77no, Siddle 2-30) by seven wickets
Champions League Group A, Centurion Park
Aaron Finch hit an unbeaten 93 in just 60 balls to help Victoria secure their first win of the 2010 Champions League as they beat Central Districts by seven wickets.
Finch hit the fourth ball of the final over, bowled by Doug Bracewell, for six over long-on to seal a vital win for the four-time Australian champions.
Central Districts, driven by captain Jamie How's unbeaten 77, had reached 165 for five but were undone by Finch's career-best effort as Victoria closed on 166 for three.
How hit ten fours and three sixes in his 55-ball innings and a brisk 29 from George Worker and 19 in 11 balls from Brendon Diamanti helped Central Districts post a challenging score despite Peter Siddle marking his return to the side with two wickets.
Finch, opening the batting alongside Rob Quiney (15), then held Victoria's innings together as they lost the wickets of Quiney, Matthew Wade (9) and David Hussey (18).
The right-hander blasted 11 fours and three sixes and was given useful support at the end by Andrew McDonald, who was unbeaten on 18 when Finch hit the winning runs in emphatic style.
Both sides lost their opening matches, Victoria beaten by the Warriors and Central Districts being well beatn by Chennai Super Kings.
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