Wellington 222 for 8 (Parlane 70*, Adams 4-37) v Auckland

An unbeaten 70 by Neal Parlane saved Wellington the blushes and carried them to a somewhat respectable 222 for 8 on the first day of the State Championship final at Eden Park in Auckland.

Wellington won the toss and chose to bat, but were soon regretting that decision as Kerry Walmsley and Andre Adams, Auckland's new-ball bowlers, reduced them to 15 for 3. One of those dismissed was Matthew Bell, Wellington's captain, for just 10. Parlane steadied the innings, adding 65 for the fourth wicket with Jesse Ryder (30), and then putting together 54 with Chris Nevin, who contributed a quickfire 35. Wickets continued to fall at the other end, but Parlane kept going, consuming 158 balls for his knock, which included 11 fours.

Adams was the most successful bowler for Auckland, taking 4 for 37, while Walmsley took 3 for 75.