NZ State Championship round-up March 7, 2005

Auckland pull off stunning win against Otago

Cricinfo staff

Auckland 101 (McSkimming 5-29) and 278 (Todd 84, McSkimming 4-104) beat Otago 278 (Todd 73) and 108 by 3 runs

Auckland completed an amazing win against Otago in their State Shield match. After being out of the match at 161 for 7 in their second innings after a disastrous first-innings 101, they stormed back into the match, reaching 278 through Keeley Todd (84). This gave them a lead of 111 runs, which proved to be just enough as Otago slumped to 108 all out. Aaron Barnes was the most successful bowler with 4 for 41.

Central Districts 499 (Thompson 126, Englefiled 81) beat Canterbury 245 (Ellis 76, Fulton 60) and 235 (Fulton 91) by an innings and 192 runs

Central Districts crushed Canterbury by an innings and 192 runs at the Pukekura Park. Canterbury mustered only 235 after being asked to follow on, slumping from their overnight 158 for 4 to 235 all out. Peter Fulton, who scored 91, was the only batsman to offer serious resistance. The wickets were shared around for Central Districts, with Glen Sulzberger returning the best figures - 3 for 33.

Northern Districts 242 and 4 for 0 trail Wellington 250 and 255 (Flynn 62) by 260 runs

Wellington held their nerve against Northern Districts at the Basin Reserve to win their State Shield match by 37 runs. Northern Districts, who began the final day on 4 for no loss, needed 264 to win, but fell short, being dismissed for 226. None of the batsmen got going, and only Brad Wilson with 48 approached the half-century mark.