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CD, ND build leads, Wizards chasing Firebirds

Published: 8:20PM Friday February 01, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Central Districts built up a 271 run lead over Auckland after three days of their Plunket Shield match at the Eden Park outer oval.

Led by 124 from Jamie How, the Stags finished at 386-6 at stumps in the second innings chasing the Aces' 348.

How belted 11 fours and six sixes before hooking a shot into the hands of Lockie Ferguson off a Doug Bracewell delivery.

How's opening partner Jeet Raval struck 77 of his own, while Carl Cachopa backing up a first innings 145 with 53, to set the visitors on their way.

Kruger van Wyk (31) and Doug Bracewell (36) are the Stags night watchmen.

Northern Districts reached 141-3 in their second innings, a lead of 39 runs over Otago after two days in Queenstown.

The Knights' innings got off to a sluggish start, openers Daniel Flynn (21) and Joseph Yovich (13) both gone after 12 overs, while James Marshall hit 38 before he was bowled by Ian Butler in the 34th over

Brad Wilson stepped up to notch 49 not out and he will resume at the crease tomorrow along with Daryl Mitchell (3).

In the capital, Canterbury managed 43 without loss in reply to Wellington's 356.

After the Firebirds slumped to 13-2 in the 13th over, Stephen Murdoch resurrected the hosts innings with 102 before he was caught by Peter Fulton off a Tim Johnston ball.

Jesse Ryder continued his purple patch with 78, and middle order man Luke Ronchi smashed 95 to help establish a formidable target for the visitors.

Fulton (18) and George Worker (25) will resume the Wizards chase tomorrow.