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Guptill century keeps Auckland on top

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/01/2017
Guptill struck 112 off 95 balls in a high-scoring win over Central Districts. © Martin Hunter/Getty Images Guptill struck 112 off 95 balls in a high-scoring win over Central Districts.

Black Caps opener Martin Guptill has proven his readiness to face Australia after a record-breaking partnership for Auckland in the domestic one-day competition.

Playing his first game since injuring his hamstring in the third ODI against Bangladesh on New Year's Eve, Guptill struck 112 off 95 balls in a high-scoring win over Central Districts.

He and wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips (102 off 89) combined for 208 inside 28 overs, breaking Auckland's record for a one-day opening stand by more than 40 runs.

Guptill struck 15 fours and three sixes at Eden Park Outer Oval in an ominous knock ahead of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series beginning at the neighbouring main ground on Monday.

Phillips, the leading domestic Twenty20 run-scorer this summer, whacked 10 fours and six sixes.

Central Districts made a decent fist of their chase for Auckland's 392-3.

They were 249-3 off 34.4 overs when rain ended play, with opener George Worker at the crease on 107 off 102.

The Duckworth-Lewis method left Auckland as four-run winners to remain competition leaders after four rounds.

The other unbeaten team, Wellington, also relied on Duckworth-Lewis calculations to beat Canterbury at the Basin Reserve.

After a long delay reduced the match to a 27-over affair, the hosts posted 166-6, boosted by an unbeaten 43 off 22 to Matt Taylor.

Canterbury were 123-6 off 22.2 overs when the weather intervened, resulting in a 10-run loss.

Otago remain the only winless team after a 125-run shellacking from third-placed Northern Districts in Whangarei.

Captain Dean Brownlie (71) and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert (56) negotiated slow conditions as the hosts were dismissed for 259.

Otago were skittled for 134 as 19-year-old seamer Zak Gibson claimed 4-31 in his third List A game.

Neil Broom, returning from a fratctured finger suffered during the T20 series against Bangladesh, warmed up for the Australian series with 2 off 25 balls for the southerners.

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