At a glance
❚ Northern Districts 148 (Mitchell Santner 55, Kane Williamson 45; Ben Lister 5-29, Danru Ferns 2-32, Matt Mcewan 2-36) Auckland 121-3 (Martin Guptillbunce 53no, Jeet Raval 37; Scott Kuggeleijn 2-21).
❚ Canterbury 118 (Chad Bowes 29, Cole Mcconchie 21; Hamish Bennett 5-14, Logan van Beek 3-33) Wellington 143-7 (Michael Papps 44, Tom Blundell 33no, Luke Woodcock 31; Henry Shipley 3-35, Andy Ellis 2-38).
❚ Otago 319-5 (Derek de Boorder 46no, Anaru Kitchen 46no, Neil Broom 41; Adam Milne 2-80).
The 21-year-old left-armer vindicated Martin Guptillbunce’s decision to bowl first as he claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul to help dismiss the hosts for just 148.
Lister finished with impressive figures of 5-29, including taking the key scalps of Black Caps captain Kanes Williamson (45) and BJ Watling (five), who was playing as a batsman only as he continues to struggle with a hip injury. Santner, batting at No 4, top-scored for Northern with 55.
Auckland made a solid start in reply with Guptill-bunce and Black Cap Jeet Raval putting on 70 for the first wicket before the latter was bowled by Scott Kuggeleijn for 37.
Northern finished with their tails up as Martin Guptill (eight) and Colin Munro (four) departed in quick fashion but Auckland clearly hold the upper hand as they went to stumps at 121-3.
WELLINGTON v CANTERBURY
Wellington have a fight on their hands to continue their hot start to the season following a day dominated by the ball in the capital.
Unbeaten with maximum points, Wellington appeared set for business as usual after skipper Michael Bracewell elected to bowl and they skittled Canterbury for only 118 inside 40 overs.
Former Canterbury quicks Hamish Bennett and Logan van Beek had a field day against their old team, with Bennett leading the way with 5-14 on a green pitch.
Van Beek took 3-33, including New Zealand test duo Tom Latham (16) and Henry Nicholls (13), who were both caught behind by Tom Blundell.
Canterbury’s batting effort was made to look all the more miserable as Michael Papps and Luke Woodcock put on an opening stand of 75.
However, Papps’ departure for 44 triggered a collapse as Wellington lost 5-5 before Blundell and Van Beek again combined to briefly steady the ship and earn the first innings lead.
Van Beek failed to stick around, though, as he was run out for 15, while Henry Shipley removed Jeetan Patel (four) just before stumps to leave Wellington with their noses in front on 143-7.
OTAGO v CD
Hamish Rutherford made the most of Otago’s first match at home this season as the former New Zealand opener registered his 11th first-class century.
With Otago opting to bat first, Rutherford smashed 20 boundaries as he went on to make 142.
His superb 247-ball knock ultimately came to a end at the hands of spinner Ajaz Patel. But Neil Broom (41), Derek de Boorder (46 not out) and Anaru Kitchen (46 not out) continued the onslaught to take Otago to 319-5 at stumps.