Lis­ter leads way for Auck­land

Waikato Times - - Sport - MARVIN FRANCE

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

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 half­cen­tury for North­ern Dis­tricts.

NORTH­ERN DIS­TRICTS v AUCK­LAND at Sed­don Park, Hamil­ton

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.

The 21-year-old left-armer vin­di­cated Martin Gup­till-Bunce’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, top­scored 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.

Auck­land still clearly hold the up­per hand as they went to stumps at 121-3.

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 Gup­till-Bunce 53no, Jeet Raval 37; Scott Kuggeleijn 2-21).

WELLING­TON v CAN­TER­BURY at Basin Re­serve, Welling­ton

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 at the top of the stand­ings, it ap­peared to be busi­ness as usual for the hosts as, af­ter skip­per Michael Bracewell elected to bowl, they skit­tled Can­ter­bury for just 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.

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 v CEN­TRAL DIS­TRICTS at Univer­sity of Otago Oval, Dunedin

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.

Otago 319-5 (Derek de Bo­order 46no, Anaru Kitchen 46no, Neil Broom 41; Adam Milne 2-80).

ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT

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

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