Wellington share points with Wizards in washout

Last updated 05:00 06/03/2014

Recap the Black Caps' season

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Canterbury and Wellington picked up their first points of the domestic one-day cricket competition after appalling weather caused their 50-over match in Christchurch to be abandoned without a ball bowled.

As the storm pelted Christchurch yesterday, Auckland and Northern Districts both had second-round wins in Nelson and Hamilton respectively to leave Canterbury and Wellington tied for fifth in the six-team competition.

Auckland grabbed their second bonus point win of the season, thumping Central Districts by 92 runs.

Their 307-7 total was helped by five players passing 30 and Colin de Grandhomme hitting seven fours and three sixes on his way to a 52-ball 78no. Craig Cachopa was next best with 66.

CD reached 81-0 but then folded for 215 in the 40th over.

Jesse Ryder scored his second century in a row and his seventh in domestic one-day cricket to help Otago reach 277 against Northern Districts in Hamilton, but it wasn't enough to help his side win.

Kane Williamson took 3-40 then scored 75 in ND's chase, but it was an unbeaten seventh-wicket partnership of 71 between BJ Watling (83no) and Jono Boult (39no) which got ND home in the final over.

They needed three to win from the final three balls. Boult hit a single before Watling hit Jimmy Neesham for six to finish the match in style.

❏ Otago coach Vaughn Johnson has taken temporary leave of absence from work to address stress-related issues. Johnson stayed in Dunedin on Tuesday when the Volts' one-day squad travelled to Hamilton, and will remain on leave indefinitely.

Assistant Nathan King will stand in as head coach in his absence.

Otago Cricket chief executive Ross Dykes asked media and public to respect the 53-year-old's right to privacy. "Vaughn is on sick-leave due to a stress-related condition," said Dykes.

"We all hope he makes a speedy recovery, and is able to return to full health as soon as possible. We are unable to make any further comment out of respect for his privacy."

❏ The New Zealand women's team continued it domination of the West Indies with a 24-run win in Invercargill yesterday.

The White Ferns posted 133 bating first and restricted the West Indies to 109 for their fifth win from five matches against the tourists.

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