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Wellington Plunket Shield game abandoned

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/11/2016

Post-quake player anxiety has prompted Plunket Shield officials to abandon the match between Wellington and Central Districts in the capital.

The fourth-round match at the Basin Reserve, scheduled to begin on Monday, was initially pushed back 24 hours following that day's north Canterbury earthquake.

The ground was assessed as safe by structural engineers and given the go-ahead to start on Tuesday by local authorities.

However, New Zealand Cricket officials decided proceeding with the game would be unfair on the players.

"Frequent aftershocks in the capital have left players sleep-deprived and anxious, and in no fit state to start the game," a statement from NZC said.

Options for rescheduling the four-day match will be considered this week.

Elsewhere, fringe New Zealand Test hopefuls Dean Brownlie and Corey Anderson scored centuries for Northern Districts on the first day of their Plunket Shield match against Auckland.

Opener Brownlie was unbeaten on a patient 143 while Corey Anderson blasted 103 as the competition leaders reached 324-5 on Monday after losing the toss at Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui.

Brownlie, 32, is pushing to play a 15th Test following some strong domestic form.

Allrounder Anderson missed inclusion in the Black Caps squad to play Pakistan this month because he needs more bowling under his belt following a lengthy stint out with injury.

In Invercargill, Canterbury captain Andy Ellis struck a brutal 184 not out off 151 balls as his team reached 405-5 against Otago.

Cole McConchie scored a more composed 103, putting on 258 for the fifth wicket with the former New Zealand limited overs international.

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