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Munro scores rapid century for Auckland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

Colin Munro looks ready for a return to international cricket after striking a rapid century for Auckland in the Plunket Shield.

Big-hitting Munro struck an unbeaten 108 off 86 balls against Canterbury in Rangiora in his second innings in nearly four months.

The 29-year-old has struggled with injury since playing in the Caribbean Premier League and was unavailable for the recent one-day international series in India.

He returned to the crease last week with 32 against Northern Districts.

His 10th first class century featured nine fours and five sixes and thrusts him firmly into squad contention for the three-match Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series in Australia in early December.

The left-hander has impressed with his clean hitting in 40 limited overs internationals.

Munro's knock lifted Auckland to 285, giving them a 40-run first innings lead. Canterbury were 73-0 in their second innings at stumps on day two.

The day's standout figure was seamer Kyle Jamieson, who took 8-74, the 13th-best figures for a Canterbury bowler in first class history.

Elsewhere, Central Districts spinner Ajaz Patel (5-22) snared his third five-wicket bag of the season as Northern Districts were dismissed for 153 in Napier.

Central, having forged a 72-run lead, were 98-0 in their second innings.

Rain meant only 9.2 overs were possible in Dunedin, where Wellington advanced to 119-3 in response to Otago's 208.

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