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Phillips stars with century for Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/03/2017

Young batsman Glenn Phillips has starred for Auckland as they kept their Plunket Shield hopes alive with a maximum-points win over Northern Districts.

The defending champions bowled out ND on Friday to match rivals Canterbury, who overwhelmed Otago by an innings and 119 runs at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Phillips's 109 helped Auckland to a 71-run win and put them within four points of second-placed Canterbury with two rounds to play.

The 20-year-old, who last month made his international Twenty20 debut for the Black Caps against South Africa, also ticked off a New Zealand first in becoming the first player to score centuries in first-class, one-day and T20 formats in a single season.

Equally important to Auckland's win was the bowling of legspinner Tarun Nethula, who picked up 5-84 to go with his first innings haul of 4-70.

In the final match of the round, Wellington and Central Districts fought out an absorbing draw at McLean Park in Napier.

CD off-spinner Ajaz Patel claimed his fourth five-wicket bag with 5-106 while Wellington skipper Michael Papps did his bit with 116, his 30th first-class century.

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