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April 7, 2006
Central Districts 312 and 221 beat Wellington 300 and 120 (Hamilton 6-34) by 113 runs
Powered by a six-wicket haul by Lance Hamilton, Central Districts ended the domestic season in style claiming the State Championship title, defeating Wellington, the home side, by 113 runs at the Basin Reserve.
Following a delayed start due to rain, Hamilton, the left-arm quick, engineered a dramatic batting collapse as Wellington crashed to 120 all out. It enabled Central Districts to surge to their maiden championship title, since it's inception in 2001-02.
Both sides came into the fifth day with honours even, but Wellington paid the price for not putting together useful partnerships as Hamilton ripped through the middle order. Neal Parlane was the first to be dismissed after a dogged 8 off 52 balls, bowled by Hamilton and he quickly accounted for Grant Elliot and Chris Nevin, caught behind by Bevan Griggs.
Michael Parlane and Stu Mills stabilised the innings for a while, stringing together a partnership of 33 for the seventh wicket, but Parlane's dismissal squandered all hopes of Wellington staging a miraculous comeback. Griggs too rounded up a good day, taking his fourth catch of the innings following Parlane's dismissal. Michael Mason sent back Mills and Scott Rasmussen and Hamilton struck the final blow, dismissing Dewayne Bowden to finish with figures of 6 for 34.
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