Central Districts made short work of Otago on day four of
their Plunket Shield match in Napier today, winning by 10
Starting the day at 237 for eight, Otago added only two runs
to their total as they were bowled out inside two overs this
morning. Mark Craig didn't add to his overnight total of 20
before being caught by Jeet Raval off Andrew Mathieson, and
No 11 Blair Soper was caught by Jamie How also off
Mathieson's bowling for no score.
Mathieson finished with career-best figures of five for 39 as
he ripped through Otago's lineup.
Central rattled off the 21 runs needed in 4.5 overs with
Raval (14 not out) and How (five not out) steering Central to
a comfortable 10-wicket victory. The win was set up in the
first couple of days when Central amassed 476 in their first
innings and then skittled Otago for 257, forcing them to
It means Central (63 points) have established a handy lead
over Otago (33) on the Plunket Shield points table with three
outright wins in their four games.
Auckland are third with 30 points but their chances of an
outright win over Wellington were thwarted today by light
rain in Auckland. With no play possible on Eden Park's outer
oval, it was a disappointing end to what had been an
Wellington (145-2) needed another 133 runs to make Auckland
bat again, with the home side seeking eight wickets for