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December 2, 2007
Wellington 256 (Nevin 63, Parlane 54, Hiini 5-32) and 414 for 8 dec (Bell 188*, Parlane 78, Elliott 64) beat Canterbury 313 (van Wyk 111, Myburgh 51, Shreck 5-72) and 267 (Fulton 92, van Wyk 42) by 90 runs
Wellington wrestled their way back to the top of the table with a 90-run win against Canterbury in Wellington. Matthew Bell's second-innings 188 helped them to 414 for 8 declared, to set Canterbury 358 and they promptly bowled out their visitors for 267, Dewayne Bowden leading the attack with three wickets.
Bell's unbeaten 188 contained 24 fours and he received good support from Neal Parlane and Grant Elliott, who both made fifties. Parlane also made a half-century in the first innings, as did Chris Nevin, while Brandon Hiini bagged his third five-wicket haul to bowl them out for 256.
Kruger van Wyk gave Canterbury hope with 42 to go with his first-innings 111, as they reached 213 for 6. This was some recovery from 139 for 5, the bulk of which was Peter Fulton's 92. But van Wyk's dismissal, bowled by Charlie Shreck for 42, brought about a further collapse of 5 for 54. Shreck grabbed another wicket to bring his match haul to seven, following his 5 for 77 in the first innings.
Fraser Quarterman struck first in the second dig, removing Shanan Stewart, before Bowden opened his account by bowling Michael Papps for 28. He went on to trap Johann Myburgh for a duck and remove Hiini for 20.
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