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January 18, 2012
Central Districts 222 for 2 (How 102, Ingram 97) beat Wellington 169 for 9 (Pollard 53, Bracewell 3-21) by 53 runs
Central Districts bounced back from a sluggish run in the HRV Cup, with a comprehensive 53-run victory against Wellington at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth. Wellington's decision to put CD in to bat backfired spectacularly as Jamie How and Peter Ingram crunched a hefty 201-run stand for the first wicket to set up their side for triumph.
Leading from the front, captain How smashed eight sixes and as many fours in his 48-ball 102, while Ingram missed his hundred by three runs when he was bowled by Andy McKay for 97 off 54 balls, in the 17th over. CD couldn't finish too well after losing the openers, but it didn't matter as they still piled on an imposing 222 for 2 in their 20 overs.
Opener Michael Pollard scored 53 off 35 balls to give Wellington a slim chance of chasing the target, but his contribution went in vein as Wellington lost regular wickets at the other end. James Franklin (27 off 15 balls) was the next highest scorer, leaving Wellington without enough fire power to gun down the steep target. They eventually finished at 169 for 9, and the defeat meant they were stuck firmly to the bottom of the table with just two wins in ten games.
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