Auckland’s Lockie Ferguson and Mark Chapman enjoyed memorable days as they guided the team to their second Ford Trophy win in three seasons. After the quick bowler grabbed 4 for 32 in 10 overs to dismiss Central Districts for a paltry 213, the middle-order batsman took centre stage, slamming an unbeaten 92 off 75 balls to seal victory with eight wickets and 13.3 overs to spare. Auckland’s players dominated all of the key tournament numbers in addition to winning the trophy. George Worker was the team’s leading run-scorer, with an unbeaten 65 in the final bringing his total to 672 runs in ten innings (including four centuries). Four of his teammates are listed after him on the list. Robert O’Donnell (465), Glenn Phillips (378), Martin Guptill (367), and Chapman (465). (283).

Ferguson leads the bowling stats despite appearing in just six of Auckland’s ten games. His four-wicket haul in the final had all of his signature characteristics. The tempo is fast. Stumps are flying everywhere. And wickets in the first six overs, the middle (28th), and the last six overs of the innings (42nd and 46th). After Central Districts were introduced, the score jumped from 110 for 3 to 213 for all out. Tom Bruce, the captain, was responsible for 63 of those runs, but the rest of the team fell short on the big day. Ross Taylor, too, had a stumbling block when he was removed for 5 off 15 balls by medium-pacer Sean Solia.