CD, Otago lodge easy victories

Central Districts and Otago have continued to dominate the Plunket Shield competition, notching big wins.

Central Districts completed a 191-run victory over Auckland at Eden Park on the final day of their match on Saturday to stay top of the table with 108 points.

Otago wrapped up an eight-wicket win over Northern Districts inside three days at Queenstown - their fourth win in eight matches - to stay second, 13 points behind the Stags.

Auckland capitulated in their effort to get an imposing 343 to beat Central.

Stags leg-spinner Tarun Nethula ripped through the Aces to claim six for 56.

Auckland were out for 151 in just 40 overs. Aces skipper Gareth Hopkins was the only batsman to offer any resistance with 43 before he was caught behind off Nethula.

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 on Friday, leaving Otago 126 runs to win.

They knocked those off with the loss of just two wickets. Former international Aaron Redmond steered them home with an unbeaten 56.

In the other match, Wellington lost by 20 runs to Canterbury at the Basin Reserve.

Chasing 384 to win yesterday, the Firebirds faltered too often to have a realistic chance of victory and were bowled out for 363.

A spirited hand of 63, from 51 balls, by Mark Gillespie got Wellington close, before he played all over a slower ball from left-arm medium pacer Ryan McCone. He had added 36 for the last wicket with Tipene Friday, who finished nought not out. They had definitely caused Canterbury a few nervous moments. 

Taranaki Daily News