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Young leads CD to one-day play-offs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/02/2017

Skipper Will Young's unbeaten century has secured Central Districts a seven-wicket win over Auckland and a spot in the domestic one-day cricket play-offs.

Central, Auckland and Otago were all gunning for the fourth and final spot when the final round of the regular season began on Wednesday.

The defending champions, Central Districts earned a home semifinal against Northern Districts on Saturday with the bonus point win.

They bowled out Auckland for 237 in 43.2 overs after the visitors won the toss at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth

Despite losing Glenn Phillips for a duck, Auckland looked to in control as Jeet Raval (46), Sean Solia (60) and Colin Munro (62) set about their work.

But Solia's departure, with the tally at 203-4 two balls into the 33rd over, signalled a dramatic collapse.

Auckland lost six wickets for just 34 runs in 11 overs, George Worker the main destroyer with 4-22 off six overs.

In reply, Central Districts eased home with 10 overs to spare, despite losing Worker early for five.

Jesse Ryder (54) and Tom Bruce, with an unbeaten 70 off 53 balls, provided support for Young's second first-class century, the skipper carrying his bat in reaching 106 off 104 balls.

In other matches, Otago edged to a two-wicket win over Northern Districts in Dunedin after the visitors reached a challenging 288-6 at University Oval.

Otago reached 289-8 in 34.1 overs, Anaru Kitchen providing a stand-out 85-ball 143 which included 11 fours and eight sixes.

And in Christchurch, Wellington were pushed hard in chasing down Canterbury's 246-9 at Hagley Oval.

They made it with 11 balls to spare, skipper Hamish Marshall's 108 leading the way as the competition leaders reached 249-8.

They will meet second-placed Canterbury again on Saturday in the second play-off at the Basin Reserve.

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