Plunket Shield 2015-16 December 20, 2015

All-round Astle leads Canterbury to big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Canterbury 320 (Carter 101, Astle 96*, N Patel 3-56) and 310 (Henry 75*, Milne 4-31) beat Central Districts 245 (Young 63, Henry 3-38, Astle 3-53) and 224 (Bruce 67, Milne 61, Astle 5-50) by 161 runs
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File photo - Todd Astle scored an unbeaten 96 and finished with a match haul of eight wickets © Getty Images

Todd Astle's all-round performance in the both innings set up Canterbury's 161-run over Central Districts in Rangiora.

Set a target of 386 in the fourth innings, Central Districts were reduced to 34 for 3 by Canterbury with Astle and Matt Henry taking the lead. Tom Bruce then combined with opener Dean Robinson to take Central Districts close to 100 before Robinson fell for 34. Central Districts soon slumped to 99 for 5 and Bruce then found an able partner in Adam Milne with whom he added 54 for the sixth wicket. Bruce and Milne were dismissed by Astle for 67 and 61, respectively, and the legspinner ran through Central Districts' lower order to dismiss them for 224.

Canterbury built on their 75-run lead from the first innings thanks to middle and lower-order contributions by Henry, Ken McClure , Astle (45) and Ryan McCone (46). Henry and McCone added 87 runs for Canterbury's ninth wicket. Henry's unbeaten 52-ball 75, which included 12 fours and two sixes lifted Canterbury to a second-innings score of 310.

Canterbury were driven to 320 in their first innings by Leo Carter's 101 and Astle's unbeaten 96, after they were put in to bat. Astle then picked up three wickets to bowl Central Districts out for 245. Will Young, the Central Districts' captain, top-scored in the first innings with 63, while Robinson and Bruce chipped in with 42 each.

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