<
>

Clarkson and Rance take Central Districts to maiden win

File photo - Dean Brownlie gave Northern Districts a strong start but fell for 47 Getty Images

A 33-ball partnership of 64 runs for the eighth wicket between Josh Clarkson and Seth Rance led Central Districts to a two-wicket win over Northern Districts after five rain interruptions at Hamilton's Seddon Park. Central Districts faced a revised target of 200 runs in 33 overs after Daryl Mitchell's unbeaten knock of 93 took Northern Districts to 266 for 6 in their 50 overs.

Clarkson struck three fours and three sixes in his 24-ball 48 and was ably supported by Rance, who hit a 19-ball stay of 32. This after some tight bowling from Ish Sodhi and Scott Kuggeleijn - both of whom picked up two wickets each - had Central Districts struggling at 123 for 7. Once Rance fell with Central Districts needing another 13 runs to win, Clarkson took over and finished the match with five balls to spare.

Earlier in the day, Mitchell struck seven fours and four sixes in his 93. Dean Brownlie struck 47 and Nick Kelly hit 57 runs, but that proved to be not enough for Northern Districts. The win was Central Districts' first of the season in three games.

Inclement weather in Dunedin and Wellington meant the fixtures between Otago and Canterbury, and Wellington and Auckland respectively were washed out without a ball being bowled.