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Worker stars with bat and ball for CD

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/02/2017

George Worker bats during a match between the Central Stags and the Northern Districts at Pukekura Park on February 4 © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images George Worker bats during a match between the Central Stags and the Northern Districts at Pukekura Park on February 4 Opener and part-time offspinner George Worker proved unstoppable as Central Districts pummelled Northern by 227 runs in a lop-sided domestic one-day match at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth.

Worker not only contributed 181 off 143 balls after CD won the toss and posted 401-8, he also returned career best bowling figures of 4-36 as Northern Districts were skittled for 174 in 35.3 overs.

Worker's century was his second in this season's one-day competition, and included 19 fours and seven sixes.

He put on 138 runs for the first wicket with Jesse Ryder before the former Black Caps allrounder was bowled by Scott Kuggeleijn for a 63-ball 85 in the 21st over.

Skipper Will Young then combined with Worker to add 184 runs to Central's already impressive tally before falling to Jono Boult for 87 off 66 balls.

The bonus point win moves Central up to fifth on the ladder and into contention for the finals series if they can beat Auckland in the final round robin match at Pukekura Park on Wednesday.

In other matches, Canterbury edged into second on the points table with a 25-run win over Auckland at Colin Maiden Park.

Todd Astle featured in a solid all-round effort, contributing 48 from the middle order as the southerners set 276-7 after winning the toss, then taking 3-51 as Auckland reached 251-9 from their 50 overs.

Competition leaders Wellington had few problems in recording a four-wicket win over Otago, bowling them out for 153 in 38.2 overs then easing to 157-6 in 26 overs.

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