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Rain dampens day-night Plunket Shield

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/03/2017

New Zealand Cricket's inaugural round of pink ball Plunket Shield matches has yielded three draws from three rain-affected games.

Wellington came closest to a result in their battle with Otago at Westpac Stadium, but a stubborn 141-run eighth-wicket stand between Sam Wells and Nathan Smith rescued the visitors.

At 59-4 overnight, Otago were 146 runs short of making Wellington bat again, and looked in trouble at 135-7 when Brent Arnel claimed his fourth wicket of the innings.

But Wells dug in for his fourth first-class century, his 118 coming off 219 balls and including 18 boundaries while 18-year-old pace man Smith, in just his fourth match for Otago, posted 59.

With two days rained out at Eden Park, Auckland and Canterbury played out an unremarkable draw, while Northern Districts and Central Districts also finished early on a sodden Seddon Park in Hamilton.

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