High five for Lis­ter

Manawatu Standard - - Sport - CRICKET

Young Auck­land pace ace Ben Lis­ter stole the show as round four of the Plun­ket Shield got un­der way yes­ter­day.

With the Black Caps re­turn­ing to the com­pe­ti­tion, much of the fo­cus was on how the internationals would per­form ahead of the two-test se­ries against the West Indies, which be­gins on De­cem­ber 1 in Wellington.

But the bats­men in par­tic­u­lar strug­gled to make an im­pact, with skip­per Kane Wil­liamson’s 45 the best of the bunch, although all­rounder Mitchell Sant­ner out­shone the spe­cial­ists with a half-cen­tury for North­ern Districts.

ND v AUCK­LAND

In the bat­tle of the bot­tom two teams on the lad­der, Lis­ter tore through the high-pro­file North­ern Districts bat­ting or­der to get the Aces off to a fly­ing start.

PHOTO: PHO­TO­SPORT

Auck­land’s Ben Lis­ter claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul on day one against North­ern Districts.

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