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Auck and Canty secure Plunket Shield wins

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/11/2016
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Colin de Grandhomme has smashed an unbeaten 144 to guide Auckland to victory over Otago and their first win of the Plunket Shield cricket competition.

With de Grandhomme starting to run out of partners in his run-a-ball innings, the defending champions chased down the 373 target with two wickets to spare on Tuesday.

The result at Eden Park's Outer Oval put Auckland fourth after two rounds, just four points behind leaders Wellington on a congested points table.

The Firebirds' match against Northern Districts ended in a draw, ND reaching 156-6 in their second innings, a lead of 65, at stumps.

In Christchurch, Canterbury secured a 71-run win after Central Districts, set a target of 158, were skittled for 86 all out.

At one stage, Canterbury spinners Tim Johnston and Todd Astle were both on hat-tricks as the Stags lost four wickets in five balls at Hagley Oval.

The two hat-tricks were averted, but Astle finished with 5-36.

The Stags collapsed from 41-3 to their lowest total against Canterbury, beating their previous lowest of 91 in the 1954-55 season.

The win put Canterbury second on the table, ahead of ND on run rate.

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