A solid batting performance was the backbone of Central Districts' 28-run win over Otago which took them to the top of the HRV Cup table. The weather had frustrated CD in their previous two outings but with the rains finally relenting, they pulled off a victory that pushed them two points above three second-placed teams.

Each of CD's top six reached double-digits as they piled on 170 after winning the toss at the Saxton Oval in Nelson. Peter Ingram made the most meaty contribution, a 30-ball 42, and Doug Bracewell was the most aggressive, slamming two sixes in a 12-ball 27.

Otago's chase got off to a poor start as two of their players with international experience, captain Brendon McCullum and Neil Broom, were dismissed within the third over. Adam Milne, the highly rated 19-year-old fast bowler who was playing only his second game of the tournament due to injury problems, was the most successful of the bowlers, taking three wickets as Otago's batsmen struggled to make big contributions - six of them reached double digits, but fell before reaching 20.