Blistering knocks from the pair helped set a target of 218, which proved too far beyond Canterbury’s reach
Northern Districts 217 for 5 (Santner 92*, Clarke 71, Shipley 2-30) beat Canterbury 161 (Henry 44, Southee 3-39, Sodhi 3-48, Walker 2-25) by 56 runs
Opening the batting, Clarke almost single-handedly drove Northern Districts’ early momentum, rushing to 40 off 15 balls to lift them to a powerplay score of 57 for 2. That became 77 for 3 when Colin de Grandhomme fell off the last ball of the eighth over.
Santner entered the scene at this point, and the fourth-wicket pair proceeded to add 50 in just 26 balls before Clarke departed in the 14th over for 71 off 34. He had hit eight fours and four sixes.
Santner continued to pummel the Canterbury bowling, as Northern Districts pillaged 90 runs from their last seven overs. The allrounder eventually finished unbeaten on 92 off 40 balls, having hit four fours and nine sixes.