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Canterbury claim Plunket Shield lead

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/03/2017

Freshly-crowned one-day champions Canterbury have hit the lead in the Plunket Shield following a Chad Bowes-inspired outright win over Wellington.

Opener Bowes scored 149 as Canterbury chased down a testing target of 324 on the final day at the Basin Reserve.

His third first class century featured a 111-run partnership for the third wicket with Black Cap Henry Nicholls (71 not out).

It lifted Canterbury eight points clear of Northern Districts at the top of the table with four of 10 rounds remaining.

Third-placed Wellington held a 54-run first innings lead but they opened the door to the visitors when dismissed for 269 in their second innings.

Canterbury seamer Matt Henry took 4-75 to give him nine scalps for the match and remind the New Zealand selectors he's in form if called upon for the looming Test series against South Africa.

A steady supply of boundaries from Bowes - 25 fours and one six - ensured a Canterbury's maintained a sufficient run rate as the reached 325-3 in the 73rd over, late in the final session.

The seventh round of games starting on Monday marks the introduction of the pink ball to New Zealand first-class cricket.

All three games will start at 2.30pm each day, finishing with the final session under lights.

The games are at Auckland's Eden Park (Auckland v Canterbury), Hamilton's Seddon Park (Northern Districts v Central Stags) and Wellington's Westpac Stadium (Wellington v Otago).

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