Central Districts and Otago have continued to dominate the Plunket Shield competition notching comprehensive wins.
Central Districts completed a 191-run victory over Auckland at Eden Park on the final day of their match to stay top of the table with 108 points.
Otago wrapped up an eight-wickewt win over Northern Districts inside three days at Queenstown - their fourth win in eight matches - to stay second, 13 points behind the Stags.
In the other match in progress, Canterbury were in a strong position against Wellington, setting the Firebirds 384 for victory. At the end of the third day, Wellington were 13 without loss.
Recalled Black Cap Ian Butler was Otago's hero as he collected four wickets in Northern's second innings to claim 10 for the match.
Northern were dismissed for 227 yesterday, leaving Otago 126 runs for victory.
They knocked those off with the loss of just two wickets with former international Aaron Redmond steering them home with an unbeaten 56.
Auckland capitulated in their effort to get an imposing 343 to beat Central.
Stags leg-spinner Tarun Nethula ripped through the Aces to claim 6-56.
Auckland were out for 151 in just 40 overs. Aces skipper Gareth Hopkins was the only batsman to offer any real resitance with 43 before he was caught behind off Nethula.
Canterbury's batsmen got stuck in at the Basin reserve with George Worker leading the way with 107.
He got good support from fellow opener Peter Fulton (52) while Tom Latham and Ronnie Hira both scored 57 as the Wizards declared at 410-7, scoring at more than four an over.
Wellington face a massive task tomorrow to try get something out of this bottom of the table match and stay ahead of Canterbury.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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