Central Districts, Otago and Northern Districts, with Tim Southee starring, were all sniffing victory as the latest round of the Plunket Shield gets set to finish today.
Southee continued his fine comeback from injury in Northern's match against Wellington in Whangarei and certainly looks ready for a recall to the international series against England.
Having taken four wickets in the first innings, Southee picked up 5-52 yesterday as the Knights dismissed Wellington for 234.
That left Northern needing just 148 runs for victory and they were three without loss at stumps.
Down in Rangiora, Dean Brownlie's unbeaten 135 for Canterbury might not be enough to avoid defeat against central Districts.
The Black Caps test batsman was a lone figure as other Wizards batsmen failed to cope with a good bowling effort from the Stags.
Canterbury were dismissed for 255 in their second innings, leaving Central a target of 259 for victory.
The top of the table Stags were making a good fist of that, being 146-3 at stumps with Jamie How contributing 81.
Auckland were battling hard to stay in the match against Otago in Dunedin.
Otago poured on the misery yesterday as they amassed 569-8 before declaring. Nick Broad's 188 and Neil Broom's 103 were the foundations of that innings that gave the Volts a 348-run lead.
The bottom of the table Aces were 202-4 in reply at stumps last night, battling to avoid an innings defeat. Skipper Gareth Hopkins was at the crease on 43 after Craig Cachopa had been dismissed for 81 not long before the end of the third day.
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