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January 18, 2006
James Marshall's excellent domestic form continued as his 83 led Northern Districts to a 68-run home victory against State Shield leader Wellington. Marshall shared in century partnerships with promising young batsmen BJ Watling (51) and Daniel Flynn (71) as Northern reached 259 for 5. In reply Wellington could manage 191 as their last seven wickets crashed for 88 runs. Neal Parlane was the best of the batsmen with a stoic 64 not out, while Jesse Ryder blazed away for 61. Daniel Vettori, returning as ND captain, took 2 for 30 from 9.3 overs.
It was hard to measure how good Central Districts were in their seven-wicket victory over Auckland because the home side are too poor at the moment to offer any resistance. Once again Auckland's top order capitulated against a tight Central attack. Lance Hamilton took 4 for 36 and Ewen Thompson 3 for 19 as Auckland posted 122 in 37.4 overs. Only Rob Nicol (30) showed the requisite fight. In reply Jamie How, the Central captain and opener, ensured victory with 53 while Mathew Sinclair, the discarded New Zealand batsman, scored 42 not out.
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