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December 4, 2008
Josh Brodie and James Franklin posted hundreds as Wellington registered a formidable first-innings total of 520 that pushed them to an innings-and-12-run win over Northern Districts at the Basin Reserve. Brodie, a 21-year-old playing his fourth first-class game, passed fifty for the first time on the way to a breakthrough 110 while Franklin boosted his quest to be included in New Zealand's squad as an allrounder with 160.
Faced with making 210 to force a second Wellington innings, Northern Districts were dismissed for 198 after drinks in the third session of the final day. The captain James Marshall stood out with an unbeaten 105, but he did not receive much assistance as Mark Gillespie took his match haul to eight wickets. Graeme Aldridge's 63 helped Northern Districts to 310 in their first innings after they won the toss. The home side's bowling was led by Gillespie, who took 4 for 81, while Graham Napier picked up three wickets on the opening day.
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