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Rain destroys ND hopes of win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/11/2016

Rain has destroyed Northern Districts hopes of a result in their Plunket Shield cricket match against Auckland at Bay Oval in Tauranga.

Auckland looked most likely to be able to force a result, picking up early wickets against a Northern line-up missing opener Anton Devcich.

Without Devcich, Bharat Popli opened, but fell victim to an in-swinger from Lockie Ferguson (3-19), fellow opener Dean Brownlie also suffering the same fate as he looked to back up his classy first-innings century.

Corey Anderson stepped up, following his first innings 103 with a more sedate 46 not out.

He anchored the innings as wickets fell, and combined with Daryl Mitchell for a partnership of 63 which steered Northern away from danger.

From 78-2, Northern fell to 83-5 but Joe Walker stuck around with Anderson for 48 balls before rain forced the draw.

Northern collected the full eight bonus points from the clash, and lead the competition on 48 points, 13 points clear of Auckland who are just one point ahead of Wellington.

Wellington have a game in hand after their match against Central Districts was called off due to the earthquake, while rain meant Canterbury's game against Otago in Invercargill ended in a draw.

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