Plunket Shield 2012-13 November 20, 2012

Seamers set up easy win for Central Districts

ESPNcricinfo staff

Central Districts 341 (Raval 73, Smith 64, Baker 4-59) and 95 for 2 (Raval 57*) beat Northern Districts 183 (Wheater 53, Cachopa 3-15) and 252 (Mitchell 83, Sodhi 50, Wheeler 4-38, Milne 4-53) by eight wickets

Central Districts eased to their second win of the season, beating Northern Districts by eight wickets at the Harry Barker Reserve in Gisborne. The game was set up for them on the first day, when they bowled out for ND for 183. In what was a collective bowling effort, Carl Cachopa picked up three wickets with his medium-pacers, well supported by the rest, three of whom collected two wickets each. The only significant contribution for ND came from wicketkeeper Adam Wheater, who made 53.

CD were boosted by half-centuries from Jeet Raval and Ben Smith in their response, together with valuable knocks from the middle and lower-order batsmen who stretched the score to 341, and the lead to 158. The fast-bowling combination of Adam Milne and Ben Wheeler then backed that up with eight wickets in ND's second innings, restricting them to 252. Daryl Mitchell and Ish Sodhi hit fifties but it wasn't enough. Raval struck his second half-century in CD's chase of 95 and victory was achieved with more than a day to spare.