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January 5, 2012
Northern Districts 130 for 2 (Marshall 48*, Wilson 43) beat Central Districts 126 for 8 (Bracewell 35*, Southee 3-16) by eight wickets
A day after their loss to Wellington, Northern Districts put in a fine all-round performance against Central Districts in the HRV Cup match in Mount Maunganui, to ease to an eight-wicket win with 25 balls to spare.
After choosing to bat, Central Districts could not quite get going - they were kept in check by tidy spells from Tim Southee, Kane Williamson and Daniel Vettori. Southee and Vettori claimed five wickets between them, as none of the Central Districts batsmen went past No. 8 Doug Bracewell's unbeaten 35. Central Districts finished with 126 for 8.
Northern Districts lost Vettori early in their chase, but a stand of 74 from Brad Wilson and Hamish Marshall put them on the right track. After Wilson fell for 43, Scott Styris built another solid partnership with Marshall, to help Northern Districts to a comfortable win.
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