Wil­liamson in the runs as North­ern win

The Southland Times - - Sport - Cricket Bren­don Egan

Kane Wil­liamson rarely fails in con­sec­u­tive in­nings.

That’s why it was lit­tle sur­prise the Black Caps skip­per was in the runs for North­ern Districts as they opened the Plun­ket Shield with an eight-wicket win over Otago in­side three days at Mt Maun­ganui yes­ter­day.

Wil­liamson warmed up for New Zealand’s tour of the UAE against Pak­istan, start­ing at the end of Oc­to­ber, with 83 in the sec­ond in­nings, which in­cluded 13 fours and a six.

It will be Wil­liamson’s only ap­pear­ance for ND be­fore the Black Caps depart as he sits out their sec­ond round match against Can­ter­bury at Christchurch’s Ha­gley Oval, be­gin­ning next Wednesday.

ND might be the lone team to bank a win in the first round with rain caus­ing havoc in the other two matches. They col­lected 16 of the pos­si­ble 20 points on of­fer.

No play was pos­si­ble in Nel­son be­tween Can­ter­bury and Cen­tral Districts for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive day.

Wet weather in the cap­i­tal caused a day three washout be­tween Welling­ton and Auck­land at the Basin Re­serve.

Wil­liamson failed in the first in­nings, last­ing just six balls for one run be­fore he edged one through to wick­et­keeper Mitchell Ren­wick off young quick Nathan Smith.

He com­bined for a 139-run sec­ond wicket stand in the sec­ond in­nings with opener Henry Cooper as ND com­fort­ably chased down their tar­get of 204, los­ing just two wick­ets.

Wil­liamson looked poised for his 29th first­class cen­tury, but fell 17 runs short, hol­ing out to Ja­cob Duffy off the bowl­ing of left-arm wrist spin­ner Michael Rip­pon.

Cooper saw ND home, notch­ing an un­beaten 66, fea­tur­ing 10 bound­aries.

ND’s vic­tory was the per­fect start for their new four-day and one-day coach John At Bay Oval, Mt Maun­ganui: and 231 (Hamish Ruther­ford 115, Shawn Hicks 47, Christi Viljoen 33; Neil Wag­ner 4-75) lost to North­ern Districts 136 and 204-2 (Kane Wil­liamson 83, Henry Cooper 66no ) by eight wick­ets.

At Basin Re­serve, Welling­ton: met

At Sax­ton Oval, Nel­son:

met

Scores af­ter day three:

Auck­land 230-5. Cen­tral Districts Can­ter­bury.

301-7

Otago 108

Welling­ton 255

Bracewell, who guided the Black Caps from 2003 to 2008.

They fielded a star-stud­ded side for the Plun­ket Shield opener with Black Caps Wil­liamson, BJ Watling, Colin de Grand­homme, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wag­ner and Trent Boult all named, as well as for­mer New Zealand play­ers Dean Brown­lie and Daniel Flynn.

Im­proved weather is fore­cast for the fi­nal day of the CD-Can­ter­bury match in Nel­son to­day, but show­ers, clear­ing in the af­ter­noon, are pre­dicted for Welling­ton.

PHOTOSPORT

Kane Wil­liamson scored 83 in the sec­ond in­nings for North­ern Districts in their win over Otago at Mt Maun­ganui yes­ter­day.

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