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Early outright wins for Wellington and ND

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/10/2016

Michael Papps © Joel Ford/Getty Images Michael Papps Captain Michael Papps has passed a prolific batting milestone as his Wellington side beat defending champions Auckland outright in the first round of the Plunket Shield.

Northern Districts also notched an outright win, over Canterbury on the fourth and final day while Otago and Central Districts played out a rain-affected draw.

Veteran opener Papps scored 57 as Wellington cruised to the required 275-4 at Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui.

He put on 106 for the first wicket with Luke Woodcock (98) and in the process became the first player to score 10,000 first class runs from New Zealand domestic first class cricket.

Papps, who played the last of his eight Tests nearly a decade ago, has been a fixture among the leading domestic run-scorers every season since for both Canterbury and Wellington.

"It's obviously a nice record, it's something to be proud of, I think," Papps said.

"It's a prestigious competition so to be the first player to get 10,000 is an honour."

Victory was set up when Auckland were dismissed for 278 in their second innings, with veteran bowlers Brent Arnel (4-47) and Jeetan Patel (4-76) the chief destroyers.

Northern Districts' five-wicket win at Christchurch's Hagley Oval was also based on second-innings dominance in the field.

Leading by 30 runs on the first innings, Canterbury were skittled for 165 in the second, with ND paceman Scott Kuggeleign taking 6-60 to give him nine scalps for the match.

The visitors crept to 198-5, helped by an unbeaten 51 to Daryl Mitchell.

The highlight of the high-scoring draw at Nelson's Saxton Oval was twin centuries to Otago opener Brad Wilson.

Wilson scored 111 and 117 not out in his two knocks while opening partner Hamish Rutherford reminded the Test selectors of his ability with 143 and 73 in his two knocks.

Central Districts opener Greg Hay followed suit with 136 in their only innings, as his team reached 365-5 declared in response to Otago's 479-5 declared.

The hosts reached 238-2 on a low-key final day.

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