Raval and How put CD on top in Nelson
Central Districts' opening batsmen Jeet Raval and Jamie How earned the day's major accolades although a defiant late stand had put Central back behind the steering wheel against Northern Districts in Nelson today.
Northern had staged a minor recovery at 285 for 6 after a record-equalling stand between Central openers
Raval and How had threatened to snatch the game away from them on day two of their final round Plunket shield cricket match.
But a 96-run seventh wicket stand between Doug Bracewell (67) and Tarun Nethula (28) reignited the innings as Central ended the day at a commanding 397 for 9.
Left-hander Raval had earlier celebrated his maiden centry for Central as he and How plundered a mammoth 215 runs at Saxton Oval to equal Central's record opening stand against Northern.
Northern had been dismissed for 267 late on day one with Central resuming today at 46 without loss.
Raval went to the lunch break on 99 and with the total at 195, the pair having added 149 runs in the morning session.
He endured a testing maiden over from Brent Arnel the second over back before a single off a misfield two overs later finally secured his hundred off 155 deliveries.
How looked poised to join him shortly afterwards but with his socre on 93, he miscued an attempted pull shot off left armer Corey Anderson and lobbed a comfortable top edge to keeper Cameron Fletcher. How faced 146 balls and hit 11 fours and two sixes.
Raval added a further 29 runs with Carl Cachopa before Raval's marathon innings finally ended, caught down the leg side off his gloves off Anurag Verma for 121 with the total at 244.
Raval batted for 4 hours 16 minutes, faced 185 balls and hit 19 fours.
Northern made further inroads when offspinner Jone Boult had Cachopa well caught at short leg for 23 as Central went to the tea break at 275 for 3.
Mathew Sinclair went at 283, edging part-timer James Marshall also for 23, with Kruger van Wyk (1) and Kieran Noema-Barnett (6) following shortly after at 285 for 6.
Bracewell smashed 12 boundaries off 73 balls for his 67 and Nethula 28 off a more sedate 53.
Both went in the same over of Boult offspin, leaving Andrew Lamb (10) and Andrew Mathieson (6) to guide the team through to stumps.