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Thrill packed Sunday win compensation for the South

South Island were not invited to the State Shield final which Auckland and Northern Districts played as the start to the festival cricket weekend in Auckland yesterday, but joined the party with a thrilling last-over win in the four-innings

Northern win wider than it looked

To the casual onlooker the fact that Northern Districts won the State Shield one-day cricket title today with only 17 runs to spare might suggest that Auckland were just beaten in a game full of thrills and spills and the sparkling arts of one-day

Thrilling Auckland win flips Shield table upside down

Auckland snatched a thrilling last-over win from Wellington in their State Shield one-day match on a first-rate one-day pitch at North Harbour Stadium today and jumped from fifth to equal first on the Shield table

Adams the only Auckland smiler as Northern Districts win

Andre Adams, the bustling all-rounder, was probably the only Aucklander who could raise a smile as Northern Districts outplayed Auckland by 60 runs with a smart all-round performance in the State Shield one-day cricket match on Eden Park's outer oval

Dirty boots result in lighter wallets

Two members of the Indian cricket team landed in Auckland today, and were $200 lighter in the pocket before they boarded a plane for their first base in Christchurch

Super Max a mystery for Indians

If the TAB are accepting bets on the India-New Zealand Super Max International which will open the Indians' National Bank tour at Jade Stadium on Wednesday night, it might be worth plonking the pension on the New Zealanders

India wary of the need to produce wins for fans at home

The touring Indian cricketers will keep one eye on the approaching World Cup, and the other looking after the interests of the supporters at home, according to Sourav Ganguly, the captain, and John Wright, the coach, when the Indians arrived in

Third person Cairns not as spectacular as the true-life version

Chris Cairns has been many things in his cricketing life - match-winner one day, moody the next, variously under the surgeons' or critics' knife - but you always approached a Cairns effort with the hope of something special and very likely

Timely reminder of what has made New Zealand's cricket history

Lynn McConnell could never have imagined how perfectly he timed the production of his latest book, The First Fifty, and its lovingly sculpted tribute to the half-century of Test cricket wins which New Zealand achieved with the defeat of England last