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Canterbury increase Plunket Shield lead

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/03/2017

Paceman Logan van Beek took a five-wicket bag to help Canterbury tighten their grip on cricket's Plunket Shield.

The Christchurch-born Netherlands international claimed 5-43 as Otago were bowled out for 173 to lose by an innings and 119 runs with a day to spare on Thursday.

It was Canterbury's second five-wicket haul of the match after skipper Andrew Ellis produced a career-best 6-35 in Otago's first innings at Hagley Oval.

Earlier n the day, the home side declared their first innings at 432-9, with opener Chad Bowes scoring 137.

Canterbury came away with the maximum 20 points to go to 93 and open out a 31-point lead at the top of the table.

At Eden Park Outer Oval, defending champions Auckland were 151-2 in their second innings at stumps on day three, a lead of 278 over Northern Districts.

Northern, who are second in the competition, had been dismissed for 334, with Henry Cooper (101) getting his maiden first-class century.

In Napier, third-placed Wellington are 205-4 in their second innings, giving them a lead of 68 over Central Districts going into the final day.

Firebirds pace bowler Matt McEwan had earlier picked up a career-best 6-81 as CD were bowled out for 382, of which skipper Will Young contributed 124.

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