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April 8, 2009
Central Districts 180 and 116 for 3 (Ingram 60*) trail Auckland 342 (Kitchen 115, Jones 109) by 46 runs
Auckland maintained their stranglehold on Central Districts after the third day of the State Championship final in Lincoln. Auckland lost their final five wickets without extending their overnight lead of 120 too much, with Colin de Grandhomme's 32 being the only significant contribution. Medium-pacer Mitchell McClenaghan bagged two of the Auckland wickets to fall in the morning to finish with 3 for 97.
Needing 162 to avoid an innings defeat, Central Districts lost the wickets of Jamie How and George Worker by the time they reached 52. Much depended on the third-wicket stand between Mathew Sinclair and Peter Ingram, the lynchpins of their batting and the leading run-scorers in the tournament this season. The pair added 59 before legspinner Tarun Nethula induced Sinclair into edging to Rob Nicol at slip late in the day. Ingram remained unbeaten on 60 with Central Districts still 46 runs short of making Auckland bat again.
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