Canterbury end CD's Plunket Shield chances
Canterbury and Central Districts have played out a tame draw in their penultimate domestic first class cricket match, ending CD's chances of winning the Plunket Shield this season.
After Canterbury scored 346 in the first innings, having been sent in, CD reached 483-8 before pulling out.
They needed to roll Canterbury quickly if they were to keep their chances of winning the title alive, but on the Rangiora featherbed that is Mainpower Oval, that was always going to be tricky.
A watchful Canterbury were 193-3 when stumps were drawn early. Dean Brownlie scored 60 while George Worker batted more than five hours for his unbeaten 52 - his first first-class half century of the summer.
Canterbury and Auckland remain the only teams able to win the Plunket Shield and if Auckland can't beat Otago in Dunedin today, Canterbury will claim the title with a round remaining.
First innings 346
S Keen c van Wyk b Rance 8
G Worker not out 52
D Brownlie lbw Nethula 60
H Nicholls c How b Nethula 40
B Cachopa not out 15
Extras (4b, 2lb, 12nb) 18
Total (for three wickets, 74 overs) 193
Fall of wickets: 8, 105, 161
Bowling: S Rance 19-8-32-1, C Gaylard 11-5-20-0, R Badenhorst 18-8-39-0 (1nb), T Nethula 23-2-79-2(11nb), G Hay 3-0-17-0.
First innings 483-8dec