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Jayawardene fires in first T20 game for CD

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/12/2016

Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene has shown precisely why Central Districts recruited him for the domestic Twenty20 championship with a match-winning knock against Otago.

Opener Jayawardene carved out 62 off 44 balls as the home side posted 166-5 on the way to a five-run win in Napier. Otago were restricted to 161-9.

The scorer of more than 11,000 Test runs, Jayawardene hit the ground running in his first game for the unbeaten competition leaders, striking six fours and two sixes.

Otago's best was allrounder James Neesham, who took 2-24 off four overs and top-scored with 34.

Recalled New Zealand batsman Neil Broom managed 28 off 25 balls for Otago.

Meanwhile, Canterbury notched their second win over last-placed Wellington in the space of two days with a nine-run victory in the capital.

Dropped Black Cap Henry Nicholls struck another unbeaten half-century, reaching 67 off 31 balls, and international opener Tom Latham crafted 63 off 42 as Canterbury reached 199-4.

Opener Hamish Marshall scored 59 for 35 for Wellington but an unbeaten 39 off 19 from Grant Elliott came too late as the hosts fell short with 190-4.

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