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Wellington sneak into one-day final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/02/2017

Wellington will get a shot at a domestic limited overs double after booking a place in the one-day final against Canterbury in Christchurch.

The men from the capital, already this summer's Twenty20 champions, scraped past Central Districts in their elimination final at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday.

They did it with three balls to spare, reaching 249-5 after the visitors were dismissed for 247 off the final ball of their 50 overs.

Wellington opener Michael Papps laid the foundation of the chase with a stoic 80 off 124 balls but his team still needed 58 off 47 balls when he was dismissed.

An unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 59 between Luke Woodcock (41 off 35) and Mark Taylor (31 off 29) steered the hosts home.

Two-time defending champions Central Districts set up their score through a doughty opening knock of 85 off 118 balls from George Worker while captain Will Young scored 57.

Saturday's final will be at Hagley Oval, where Canterbury beat Wellington by 27 runs in the major qualifying final last week.

Canterbury are New Zealand's most successful one-day team with 13 titles but they last tasted success 12 years ago.

Wellington won their seventh and most recent crown in 2014.

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