Fast bowler Trent Boult smashed a 37-ball 61 for Northern Districts against Otago in Mount Maunganui on the opening day of Plunket Shield 2018-19. Coming in at 59 for 8, Boult smashed six fours and five sixes to register his highest first-class score - bettering his unbeaten 52 against Bangladesh in 2013 - on a day where 21 wickets fell.

Boult looted 28 from one Mark Craig over, hitting the offspinner for three successive sixes over midwicket off the first three balls. He then steered the next ball past first slip for a boundary before finishing the over with yet another six, this time over long-off. But two overs later, Craig got his revenge when he dismissed Boult to end the innings on 136.

Northern Districts had the services of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, but he managed only 1, while BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme were dismissed for ducks.

Earlier, Boult, Neil Wagner and de Grandhomme shared eight wickets to bowl Otago out for 108. However, in their second innings, Otago cruised to 88 for 1 to finish the day 60 ahead.

Meanwhile, at Saxton Oval, Ross Taylor's 75 helped Central Districts to 301 for 7 against Canterbury despite Matt Henry's 4 for 87.

At Basin Reserve, James Neesham and Michael Bracewell struck half-centuries, but Wellington could manage only 255 in their first innings. In response, Auckland were 64 for 2 at stumps, with Neesham chipping in with one wicket.