State Shield 1st round December 23, 2006

Wellington pip Central Districts in last-ball win

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Wellington 235 for 6 (Elliot 78, Mills 49) beat Central Districts 241 (Sinclair 67, Hay 55, Thompson 50*) by 4 wickets (D/L method)
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Despite a solid batting effort, Central Districts went down to Wellington in a Duckworth-Lewis ruled thriller at Nelson's Trafalgar Park. Matthew Sinclair (69), Greg Hay (55) and Ewen Thompson (50 not-out from 33 balls) powered CD to 241 before Michael Mason and Thompson reduced Wellington to 32 for 3. Rain intervened with Wellington on 100 for 4 in the 23rd over, and when play resumed the target was reduced to 232 from 46 overs. Grant Elliot (78) and Stu Mills (49) added 123 to take their side close to victory, and though they fell in quick succession, a 42-run stand for the seventh wicket between Luke Woodcock (21 not-out) and Dewayne Bowden (24 not-out) took them home with one ball to spare.

Auckland 241 for 5 (Loye 90, Jones 56) beat Northern Districts 239 for 9 (Evans 70, Marshall 59) by five wickets
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Powered by half-centuries from Mal Loye and Richard Jones, Auckland overhauled their target of 240 for the loss of just five wickets and with 15 balls to spare against Northern Districts. Having restricted ND to 239 for 9 - only Alun Evans and Hamish Marshall crossed 50 - Loye's 79-ball 90, with 13 fours and a six, and Jones's 56 carried the hosts to an easy win. Paul Hitchcock (39) and Rob Nicol (39) played crucial hands in supporting Auckland's two half-centurions.

Canterbury 238 (McMillan 69) beat Otago 215 (Redmon 53, Todd 43) by 23 runs
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Following a Craig McMillan-led batting effort, a combined bowling display from Canterbury kept their control over Otago's innings en route to a 23-run win at the Mainpower Oval in Rangiora. Put in to bat, Canterbury owed much to McMillans's 52-ball 69 and an unbeaten 35 from captain Chris Harris in a total of 238. Hamish Bennett, Canterbury's opening bowler, then reduced Otago to 28 for 3 before Aaron Redmond (53) and Greg Todd (43) added 88. A lower order collapse at the hands of Harris and the support bowlers ensured Otago lost their way and were bowled out for 215.

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