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  •   Home > News > Sports > Cricket

    Hola washes out Stags' victory charge

    Central Districts, with spinner Ajaz Patel taking a match haul of 10 wickets, lead the Plunket Shield despite being frustrated by the weather against Auckland.

    Off-spinner Ajaz Patel has claimed his third consecutive five-wicket bag in first-class cricket, helping Central Districts move to the top of the Plunket Shield.

    Patel took 5-39 as Auckland teetered at 181-8 in their second innings on the final day at the Eden Park Outer Oval on Monday.

    However, the Aces avoided an innings defeat thanks to the arrival of Cyclone Hola, which prevented play in the last two sessions, leaving the Stags to settle for a draw.

    Patel had figures of 5-42 in Auckland's first innings of 204 and it's the third time he has taken 10 wickets in a match.

    Central had dominated from the opening day and they posted 524 after winning the toss, with opener Greg Hay (101) and skipper Will Young (162) scoring centuries.

    The draw was enough to lift them above Wellington, whose match against Otago in Dunedin has a day to go.

    Otago need 153 to win with eight wickets in hand.

    The other fixture of the round, between Northern Districts and Canterbury in Whangarei, was also affected by Hola.

    It ended in a draw after no play was possible on Monday.


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