Blackcaps opener Martin Guptill has struggled for runs so far during the domestic Super Smash T20 competition - but there are no problems with his hands.
With his Auckland Aces desperate to snatch their first win of the season, after six losses, Guptill again showed his fielding prowess with an amazing one-handed, diving catch on the boundary to dismiss dangerous Central opener George Worker.
As the Stags began their quest for 200 runs and victory, Worker and Dane Cleaver both fell to spinner Louis Delport in the same over, and the chase struggled for momentum at Eden Park's outer oval.
Earlier, Guptill needed 31 balls for his 29 runs - still his best effort of the campaign so far - but the Aces innings was kick-started by Mark Chapman's 73 off 34 and captain Robbie O'Donnell's 61 off 34.
After the Stags openers departed, Blackcaps great Ross Taylor also departed cheaply, run out for two runs, before Will Young and Tom Bruce combined for a fourth-wicket partnership of 76 runs.
Bruce struck 52 runs off 35 balls, but only a late flurry by Doug Bracewell brought Central within a sniff of success. They needed 27 runs off Will Somerville's final over, but fell 17 short.