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Munro's heroics not enough for Auckland

Published: 7:45PM Tuesday December 04, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

The Otago Volts have completed a three-wicket Plunket Shield win over the Auckland Aces at Eden Park Outer Oval today.

A third century of the season to hard-hitting Auckland batsman Colin Munro (118) set Otago a challenging total of 218 runs but despite a few hiccups, the visitors eventually got home.

Munro now averages 124 for the season and could be a surprise bolter when the Black Caps Test and limited over squads for South Africa are named tomorrow.

Black Caps all-rounder Nathan McCullum led the way for the Volts with 77 off 98 balls and he was supported by opener Aaron Redmond (36), Sam Wells (39) and James Neesham (36*) as Otago completed the win inside three days.

Pace bowlers Chris Martin (3/63) and Mitchell McClenaghan (3/48) were the pick of the Aces bowlers.

In the other match, Northern Districts have set Canterbury a near impossible target of 425 runs to win on the final day at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

A patient 128 by opener Joseph Yovich set the platform for the home side before half centuries to James Marshall (61), Daryl Mitchell (73), BJ Watling (68*) and Corey Anderson (69*) elevated their second innings to 410 for five declared.

In reply Canterbury are 22 for none, with George Worker (14*) and Peter Fulton (8*) at the crease, but with 90 overs to come they have their work cut out for them if they are to starve off defeat.