The Central Stags moved up to second place on the Dream11 Super Smash ladder and defeated the Canterbury Kings at Hagley Oval in 17 races.
The Stags won the litter and opted for bats. They had a bad start and lost openers George Worker and Christian Leopard in the first three overs.
Wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver hit the first drop on the first hit and shot a rapid-fire 81 with only 51 balls to give the inning substance and momentum. He had practical support from Captain Tom Bruce (29 out of 23) and Josh Clarkson (36 out of 25) when the stages did 181-8.
The Kings were immediately on their way back in response when Seth Rance jammed Jack Boyle in the front in the first game without scoring. Three close overs followed and the Kings found themselves 16-1 after four and were already facing a required run rate of over 10.
Stephen Murdoch (32 of 27) reduced the pressure on the scoreboard in the next game and scored four times in front of Ajaz Patel.
Blair Tickner then went into the attack and took three gates in his first two overs to stagger the home team 48: 4 on the 8th.
Cam Fletcher (65 * out of 37) did not give up the chase and he shared with Henry Shipley (27 out of 15) a quick 53 run stand for the 7th wicket, which gave the home crowd hope for another grandstand seat.
However, when Shipley was released by Tickner for the fourth time that evening, visitors had the four competition points in the bank.
The result raised the deer to 18 points, with the same number of points as the Otago-Volt, but with a slightly better net running rate. You sit two points above the Auckland ACES, although the Volts and ACES each have a game in hand.
The Wellington Firebirds are six points ahead at the top of the table and almost certainly have a place in the top three. Which two teams will be in the final is less clear. The final placement is imminent.
The ACES end their round robin with encounters against the Knights and Firebirds. The Volts and Stags meet for an important matchup in Dunedin on Saturday before the Volts take on the Canterbury Kings at Hagley Oval.