Mark Chapman hit his maiden Twenty20 century to help Auckland back to the top of the domestic Super Smash cricket competition.
The Aces' seven-run win over Canterbury in Christchurch on Monday took them two points clear of defending champions Wellington and Northern Districts.
Batting first, Auckland reached 168-5 at Hagley Oval, with Chapman's 101 the stand-out knock, the 23-year-old left-hander smacking six sixes and three fours.
But having reached three figures, he saw his 58-ball innings come to an immediate end as he cut an Andrew Ellis delivery to Todd Astle in the gully.
In reply, Canterbury had looked in with a good chance of victory at 123-4 in the 16th over and Tom Latham on 46.
But Latham's departure, bowled by left-arm seamer Ben Lister, swung the game the Aces' way and the Kings' chase ended at 161-8.