Central score a nine-wicket victory over Northern
Auckland 235 for 5 (Hitchcock 82, Jones 81) beat Canterbury 233 for 6 (Harris 67*, Papps 56, Pasupati 3-46) by five wickets
Auckland beat Canterbury by five wickets in their Round 3 State Shield match at Eden Park, in Auckland, after they chased down 235 with a little more than ten overs to spare. Paul Hitchcock and Richard Jones added 157 for the second wicket before Jones fell for 81 with only 33 more runs required.
Canterbury, batting first, had a good start with openers Iain Robertson and Michael Papps making 57 before Robertson was bowled by Mayu Pasupati, a right-arm fast-medium bowler, who got 3 for 46 in his nine overs. Canterbury then lost three more wickets for another 50-odd runs before Chris Harris and Luke Vivian steadied the innings with 81 for the fifth wicket.
After Jones departed, Auckland looked a little shaky losing three wickets in the space of 20 runs before Scott Styris and Pasupati scored off the remaining runs.
Central Districts 219 for 1 (Barnett 91, How 78) beat Northern Districts (McGlashan 86*, Furlong 2-19) by nine wickets
Central Districts hammered home a nine-wicket victory against Northern Districts when they chased Northern's 213 inside 40 overs at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth. Peter McGlashan, the Northern wicketkeeper and No 3 batsman, made an unbeaten 86 and was the only batsman to score above 30 for his side.
Central bowlers Ewen Thompson, Gregory Hugglun and Campbell Furlong got two wickets each and did not allow the Northern batsmen to score freely, especially Furlong who conceded only 19 from his ten overs. The only note-worthy partnership was between McGlashan and Daryl Tuffey with 65 for the eighth wicket. Central openers Jamie How and Geoff Barnett ran up the first-wicket partnership to 153. After Barnett fell for 91, How was joined by Peter Ingram to finish off the game.
Wellington 92 for 1 beat Otago 128 (Woodcock 3-20, Rasmussen 3-39) by D/L method
In a rain-shortened match against Otago, Wellington knocked off the 90 runs in less than half of the 28 overs they were given to chase the revised Duckworth and Lewis target after bowling out Otago for 128 in 34 overs at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Scott Rasmussen, a Wellington right-arm medium-fast bowler, began proceedings by taking the wickets of Shaun Haig and Aaron Redmond - both dismissed for ducks - with the score at 11. Craig Cumming, the opener, then partnered Neil Broom to add 56 runs before Cumming was dismissed by Michael Burns for 39 - the highest Otago score on the day.