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Latham shines as Canterbury wicketkeeper

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/01/2017

Tom Latham © Martin Hunter/Getty Images Tom Latham Tom Latham shone with gloves and bat as Canterbury upset domestic one-day leaders Auckland by five wickets in Rangiora.

In a fifth round full of upsets, formerly unbeaten sides Auckland and Wellington suffered setbacks on the road while Otago lodged their first win.

All eyes were on Black Caps opener Latham, who is a strong chance to also play as wicketkeeper in the looming Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series against Australia.

Saturday's match was a trial to test his proficiency with the gloves, which he last wore at international level four years ago.

The 24-year-old made an immediate impact, stumping Auckland openers Jeet Raval (30) and Glenn Phillips (33) off the bowling of offspinner Tim Johnston (3-30).

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has suggested Latham will get the nod as wicketkeeper against Australia ahead of specialist Tom Blundell as it opens up room for another bowler or middle order batsman.

Auckland struggled to 209-8, held together by captain Rob Nicol's 67.

Canterbury cruised to 210-5 inside 39 overs, with Latham posting a brisk 59 and Test batsman Henry Nicholls 76.

In Whangarei, young left-hander Nick Kelly reached an unbeaten 118 in Northern Districts' 135-run pasting of Wellington.

The visitors, chasing 285-6, were skittled for 150. Seamers Scott Kuggeleijn and Jono Boult snared three wickets each for the winners.

Otago have 92 from Michael Bracewell to primarily thank for their 23-run win over Central Districts in Palmerston North.

Bracewell's 98-ball knock lifted the southerners to 287, which proved just beyond Central Districts' 264 off 49.4 overs.

Captain Will Young top-scored with 63 for the hosts, who drop to last place at the midway point of the season.

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