Auckland Aces 110 all out in 19 overs (Kyle Jamieson 6-7, Will Somerville 27) lost to Canterbury Kings 111-5 in 17.4 overs (Cole McConchie 47*, Leo Carter 25, Mitchell McClenaghan 3-26) by five wickets at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland.
The story of the day was towering Canterbury Kings bowler Kyle Jamieson shattering the NZ T20 best bowling figures. He dominated the Auckland Aces batsmen to claim 6-7, but it was just one part of this low-scoring thriller, with some fine seam bowling from both sides and a match winning innings and screaming, diving catch from Kings skipper Cole McConchie the standouts.
Jamieson was on fire from the start, getting Sean Solia (1) in the third over, and followed up with English import James Vince (18) and Glen Phillips (0) in the fifth.
Robbie O'Donnell went to an absolute screamer from Cole McConchie at mid off, diving high and then wide through the air and hanging on to the ball one-handed to leave the Aces struggling at 60-5 in the 13th.
Roneel Hira hit out in typically aggressive fashion for 17 until Jamieson stopped him in his tracks, before Somerville (27) took advantage of some looser bowling at the close to lift the Aces score.
Jamieson completed his remarkable record breaking spell by claiming Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan and Ben Lister to end with six wickets for just seven runs, comfortably beating the previous mark of 6-28 shared by Ian Butler for the Otago Volts and Ben Laughlin for the Knights.
The Kings innings started in similar fashion to the Aces, with McClenaghan getting a head of steam up early to grab Chad Bowes (1) and Steven Murdoch (0) in the second over. Leo Carter (25) and Cole McConchie (47*) were able to rebuild and get things back on track, before Carter edged McClenaghan to the keeper, and then Ben Lister claimed Cameron Fletcher for four.
Tyler Lortan (13*) joined his skipper to edge this visitors closer, when another wicket would have really set the nerves jangling. McConchie, who had punctuated careful strike rotation and finding gaps for boundaries through his innings, capped a fine all around match to hit the winning runs with 16 balls left, and get the Kings' campaign underway.