Sinclair century firms place amongst greats

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Last updated 18:42 19/12/2012
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TON'S UP: Mathew Sinclair has blasted his 36th first-class century.

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There's no stopping Mathew Sinclair as he continues to highlight his name on the list of New Zealand's greatest domestic cricketers.

Today the former New Zealand international scored his 36th first-class century which pushed him past the 35 hundreds Stephen Fleming, Ken Rutherford and Stewie Dempster scored during their careers.

The Central Districts stalwart now sits sixth on the all-time list behind Glenn Turner, Martin Crowe, John Wright, Bert Sutcliffe and John Reid.

Sinclair's 36th first-class century today was the key hand in helping Central Districts claw their way through to first innings points against the Otago Volts in the Plunket Shield fixture in Dunedin.

The visitors set out on day three today at 115 for one in pursuit of the Volts first innings total of 427.

Sinclair joined the game with his team 160 for two still needing 268 runs to pass Otago's total.

The 37-year-old got his team through to 428 before he was bowled by Neil Wagner for 142 ending his 221 ball stay which included 19 fours and two sixes.

Central Districts were bowled out for 449 with Wagner the pick of the Volts bowlers taking four for 103 from 30.1 overs.

The Volts lost Hamish Rutherford late in the day and finished at stumps 37 for one after 15 overs.

Aaron Redmond is 21 not out while night watchman Wagner has seen out seven balls and is zero not out.

The game is looming as a draw with only a flurry of wickets tomorrow morning likely to give any hope to a result.

Most first-class centuries:
(New Zealand)
Glenn Turner 103
Martin Crowe 71
John Wright 59
Bert Sutcliffe 44
John Reid 39
Mathew Sinclair 36*
Stewie Dempster 35
Stephen Fleming 35
Ken Rutherford 35
Geoff Howarth 32

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