Auckland bowed out of the Champions League as they failed to chase down a total of 141 in a dismal contest with Perth.
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Needing a win to keep their hopes alive going into the last game of Group A between the Titans and the Daredevils, the New Zealanders were beaten by 16 runs at Centurion.
Having restricted the Scorchers to 140 for seven in their 20 overs - Paul Collingwood top-scoring with 38 - the Aces' charge never really got off the ground, with the spin of Michael Beer draining the life out of them.
Opening the bowling the Australia international picked up three for 13 in his four overs, with Joe Mennie (two for 23) offering ample support.
Only Martin Guptill's 36 caught the eye, with Azhar Mahmood and Colin Munroe (both 23) the other Auckland players to break double figures.
Lou Vincent was the first man to go, being snared by Ryan Duffield, before Guptill and Mahmood shared a 49-run partnership that offered some hope.
The former nicked Beer behind to Luke Ronchi, though, and then Anaru Kitchen lost his wicket to Brad Hogg as the wheels started to come off.
The game was close to being up when Mahmood became Beer's second victim, with four more wickets falling as Auckland limped to 124 for eight.
Their target was not the most taxing, either.
Michael Bates snared Perth opener Herschelle Gibbs to leave them at seven for one, before Marcus North cracked a 35-ball 37 before failing to make his ground to the arm of Kyle Mills.
Some strong middle-order hitting from Simon Katich (21), Collingwood and Tom Beaton (22) then stiffened things up further, but with the tail failing to wag, and Bates finishing with four for 34, the already-out Scorchers had to settle for 140.