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Otago notch first win on Kitchen ton

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017

A century to Anaru Kitchen has handed Otago an outright win over Northern Districts and revived their ailing Plunket Shield hopes.

The southerners chased down a challenging target on the final day at Whangarei to post a five-wicket win, their first of the season, to climb off the bottom of the table.

Kitchen reached an unbeaten 120 off 146 balls, building on the early work of opener Brad Wilson (74) as Otago reached 289-5 at Cobham Oval.

The best performer for competition leaders Northern Districts across the four days was wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who proved his readiness for a Test return following a month out to rest a knee sprain.

Watling effected six dismissals in the match and recorded a batting double of 42 and 96 runs.

Meanwhile, Auckland and Central Districts played out a draw in a match dominated by the thunderous batting of Colin Munro.

Unwanted Black Cap Munro blasted 146 off 109 in the first innings and 142 off 103 in the second, smashing 31 fours and 12 sixes for the match.

His team set an unrealistic target of 390 for the visitors, who were 115-1 when both teams agreed to end play early.

An unbeaten 127 to Black Caps Twenty20 rookie Tom Bruce was a highlight of Central Districts' first innings.

The round's third game will finish at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday.

Wellington lead Canterbury by 304 runs with three wickets in hand after reaching 250-7 in their second innings. Stephen Murdoch had top-scored with 56.

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