NZ State Championship round-up February 23, 2005

Wellington win lifts them to second

Cricinfo staff

Wellington 402 beat Central Districts 107 and 262 by an innings and 33 runs

Wellington defeated Central Districts by an innings and 33 runs in their fifth round match at Napier to move second in the table. Central resumed on their overnight total of 106 for 8, but could only muster one more run for the final two wickets.

They were made to follow on, with a deficit of 295, but they were soon in trouble at 53 for 4. Half-centuries from Geoff Barnett (56) and Jarrod Englefield (61) temporarily halted their decline, while Brendon Diamanti (33) and Andrew Schwass (35 not out) chipped in with flighty cameos. But all of these innings were not enough to arrest the inevitable slide as they slumped to 262 all out. The medium-pacer Iain O'Brien and the offspinner Jeetan Patel each took three wickets as Wellington climbed the table.

Otago 348 and 33 for 0 trail Auckland 528 for 8 dec (Adams 53) by 147 runs

Auckland cemented a strong position against Otago on the third day at Eden Park. Resuming on their overnight total of 318 for 4 - 30 behind Otago - Auckland went on to post 528 for 8 before declaring with a lead of 180.

Andre Adams was Auckland's main steer on Day 3, posting 53. In their second innings, Otago inched to 33 from 16 overs by the close, but they are still 147 runs behind with all ten wickets remaining.