Auckland Aces were knocked out of the Champions League T20 after they were beaten by Perth Scorchers in their Group A clash on Tuesday.
As a result of the Scorchers' 16-run win, the Delhi Daredevils and Titans advanced to the semi-final stage of the tournament, even before their game later in the day was abandoned due to rain.
Chasing Perth's total of 7-140, Martin Guptill (36 off 32) made a decent start for the Aces at the top of the order after Lou Vincent fell for just two off nine balls to Ryan Duffield (1-17) in the fourth over.
Guptill and Azhar Mahmood (23 off 21 balls) posted a 49-run stand for the second wicket before the opener fell to spinner Michael Beer (3-13) in the 10th over.
Brad Hogg struck in the next over to send back Anaru Kitchen (six off six) and leave the Kiwi side reeling at 3-68 in the must-win contest.
Once Beer dismissed Mahmood in the 12th over and Colin de Grandhomme (four off four) in the 13th, it was all but over for the Aces as Joe Mennie (2-23) grabbed the wickets of Ronnie Hira (two off three) and Colin Munro (23 off 18) in the 17th over to deflate the chase and finish at 8-124.
Earlier, Herschelle Gibbs capped his disastrous tournament with yet another batting failure, falling for six to Michael Bates (4-34) in the second over before Marcus North (37 off 35) and Simon Katich (21 off 23) added 55 runs for the second wicket.
North's stay at the crease ended after a run-out sent the skipper back in the 10th over. Hira (1-27) then dismissed Katich in the 12th over to reignite the Aces' challenge.
Paul Collingwood (38 off 27) smashed five boundaries to get vital runs on the board while wickets fell at the other end with Bates sending Tom Beaton (22 off 19 balls) back in the 18th over.
Despite Mahmood (0-24) and Kyle Mills (0-14) finishing with economical bowling spells and Bates dismissing Luke Ronchi (four off six) and Mennie (two off two) in the final over, the Scorchers managed to post an imposing 140 on the board.
Meanwhile, the game between Delhi Daredevils and the Titans at Centurion was abandoned without a ball being bowled after rain claimed the final group encounter on Tuesday.
After the game at Super Sport Park was called off without a single ball being bowled, the Daredevils finished on top of the Group A standings with 12 points.
They will now take on the Highveld Lions in the first semi-final on Thursday while the Titans do battle with the Sydney Sixers on Friday.
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First Posted 24 October, 2012 7:31AM AEST