produced his career-best figures of 6 for 57 to take Central Districts to the top of he table by beating Canterbury at McLean Park in Napier.
Canterbury had to score another 244 runs when they started the fourth day, but Shanan Stewart was dismissed before he could open his account in the morning. Peter Fulton also added only nine before he became Kyle Jarvis' second wicket and fell for 59. All middle-order batsmen got off to starts and scored in double figures but Patel ripped through their line-up as Canterbury lost their last five wickets for 61 runs and fell short of their target by 81.
In the first innings, Central Districts had taken a 11-run lead when they score 303, led by half-centuries from Jeet Raval, Mathew Sinclair and Kruger van Wyk . Canterbury, in reply, were struggling at 22 for 3, but Dean Brownlie and Andrew Ellis savaged the innings and took them close to 300. Kyle Jarvis and Andrew Mathieson took four wickets each ensuring they got a lead.
Central Districts scored 320 in the second innings, out of which Kieran Noema-Barnett scored 90, and set Canterbury a target of 332.
Central Districts now sit at the top the table with 92 points, 15 more than Otago who were at the top till yesterday.
Northern Districts dismissed the Auckland team in a single day for the second time in the match to complete an innings win on the third day in Hamilton.
By the time they declared on 614 for 7 on the third day, Northern Districts had taken a lead of 374 runs and their bowlers struck twice before lunch to leave Auckland on 22 for 2. Reece Young and Craig Cachopa then put together 106 runs for the third wicket before Young was dismissed for 49. Cachopa completed his century just before tea, when Auckland were 188 for 3. But in the last session, Northern Districts took six wickets in 32 overs to complete the innings win.
Earlier, when Auckland were put in to bat on the first day, Anurag Verma
, playing only his second first-class match, took seven wickets to leave them at 125 for 8 before Dusan Hakaraia
's unbeaten 141 took them to 240. Northern Districts' top order imposed more agony on Auckland when Daniel Flynn, Brad Wilson and James Marshall scored hundreds and ensured that their team batted only once.
Otago completed a massive innings win over Wellington within three days of the match at the University Oval in Dunedin.
Otago chose to field on the first day and Blair Soper and James Fuller
shared nine wickets between them to restrict Wellington to 254. Apart from Aaron Redmond, all of Otago's top and middle-order batsmen scored heavily to march ahead of Wellington's total. While Michael Bracewell and Neil Broom scored hundreds, Hamish Rutherford (90) and Derek de Boorder (68) scored half-centuries as Otago declared at 651 on the third morning to take a lead of 397 runs.
Before the Wellington openers could settle down, James Fuller struck twice and Jesse Ryder departed for 18, with the score on 36 for 3. After lunch, Otago ran through Wellington's lower order to take their remaining seven wickets for 107 runs, completing an innings win. Fuller finished with career-best figures of 6 for 24 and took ten wickets in the match.