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ND beat Canterbury in Plunket Shield

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Tim Southee. File Photo © Getty Images Tim Southee. File Photo

Northern Districts have pipped Canterbury by 21 runs to lodge their second outright win in the Plunket Shield.

The home side held their nerve in the field throughout a tense fourth morning, taking the last three Canterbury wickets for 56 runs to end a low-scoring, rain-affected fixture at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

Needing 78 to win when play resumed, the Canterbury tail couldn't hold on. Seamers Henry Shipley (26) and Ed Nuttall (11 not out) put on 33 for the final wicket before Shipley was well caught at square leg by a leaping Ish Sodhi to end the chase at 186.

Northern Districts fielded several Black Caps, including paceman Tim Southee and legspinner Sodhi, who both finished with seven wickets for the match.

No batsman scored more than 50 at the venue which will host the second Test between New Zealand and Pakistan later this month.

Victory hands Northern Districts the competition lead but it won't last long if Wellington secure an outright win over Auckland in their third-round match later on Tuesday.

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