Canterbury dominated day two of the State Championship final after they declared their first innings at 443 and restricted Northern Districts (ND) to 151 for 4 thus retaining a lead of 292 runs at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

Michael Papps added 23 runs to his overnight score before he was run out by James Marshall for 132. Kruger van Wyk was unbeaten on 55 when Chris Harris, the Canterbury captain, indicated the declaration. Timothy Southee, a right-arm medium-fast bowler, got 3 for 73.

ND lost their first four wickets for 102 runs but then Hamish Marshall and Nick Horsley battled the Canterbury bowlers and added 49 before stumps were called. As table leaders from the round robin stage ND need to only secure a draw in order to win the championship.