Rain washes away chance
While Christchurch baked yesterday, rain ruined the Canterbury Wizards' slim chance of an outright win in their fourth-round Plunket Shield match in Hamilton yesterday.
The Wizards drew with Northern Districts and now sit fourth on the six-team table on 32 points, a whopping 31 behind early leaders Central Districts.
Skipper Peter Fulton continued on his superb run of form lately with 68 not out yesterday and in four matches has now scored a whopping 504 runs at an average of 72.
Set 425 to win, Canterbury reached 112-2 when the game was called off because of rain.
With a break until Sunday week, most of the Wizards will turn out for their club teams this weekend, Fulton confirmed, while the break will also be used to rest some weary bowlers. Injured quick Matt Henry has returned to club cricket as a batsman only, although he will return to bowling at a high intensity this week.
Hamish Bennett is still a day-by-day case, but continues to mend while all-rounder Andrew Ellis is aiming to return for the Wizards' pair of T20 games in Nelson on January 1 and 3.