Kane Williamson warmed up for the upcoming test series
against South Africa with an unbeaten century as Northern
Districts beat Wellington by six wickets in their Plunket
Shield match at Karori Park today.
ND were faced with a modest chase of 194 for victory on day
four and Williamson made 121 from 142 balls in just under
three hours. His knock included 11 fours and a pair of sixes.
It was the 22-year-old's 12th first-class century and he
found able support from James Marshall who was not out on 36
when the winning runs were struck.
Earlier in the day, Luke Ronchi made his second century of
the match as Wellington reached 390 in their second innings
after being forced to follow on.
Ronchi, who becomes eligible to represent New Zealand next
month after representing Australia, followed up his
first-innings score of 113 with 108 and also pouched eight
catches, six in ND's first innings.
The in-form Scott Kuggeleijn also continued his recent spark
with the bat as he smacked 83 from No 8 for Wellington and ND
leg-spinner Ish Sodhi snagged career-best figures of 5-128.
The win was the first of the Plunket Shield campaign for ND
who still remain at the foot of the ladder.
In Dunedin, Otago and Central Districts wrapped their game up
at tea on day four as it laboured to an uneventful draw.
Trailing by 22 runs on the first innings Otago went about
their business on the final day of play as they batted CD out
of the game and ensured they wouldn't lose as they crawled to
227-4 then declared at tea, which ended the contest.
Night watchman Neil Wagner top-scored with 65, while import
Ryan ten Doeschate followed-up his first-innings hundred with
an unbeaten 54 in his 100th first-class match.
Part-time leg-spinner Jeet Raval grabbed two wickets for CD
who maintained their spot at the top of the Plunket Shield.
The Plunket Shield goes on hiatus for a month now as the
domestic Twenty20 competition gets in to full swing during
the holiday season.