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Averages Underline ND's Dominance

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Averages Underline ND's Dominance

Wellington, Jan 26 NZPA - It comes as no surprise that Northern Districts have advanced directly to the State Shield one-day cricket final on Sunday.

Averages from the round robin phase of the competition underline their dominance to date this summer, ahead of the final in Hamilton against either Canterbury or Otago.

The batting averages include four Northern Districts players in the top 10, with the qualification that they played at least six innings.

Likewise, in the bowling, Northern Districts have contributed three players who delivered a minimum of 40 overs during the 10 rounds of the round robin.

The batting statistics are headed by Central Districts captain Mathew Sinclair, who peeled off five half-centuries in nine innings at an average of 88.66.

Sinclair also topped the aggregates with 532 runs, 49 more than young Northern Districts batsman BJ Watling.

Watling averaged 68.71 from 10 visits to the crease, with one century and four 50s to his name, while his teammates Kane Williamson, Peter McGlashan and Michael Parlane also prospered.

Williamson averaged 51.16, McGlashan 51.00 and Parlane 45.71 after each posted their maiden shield centuries as Northern Districts won seven of their 10 matches to comfortably top the qualifying stage.

Wellington got value for money from English import Graham Napier, the medium-fast merchant topping the bowling returns with 21 wickets at 26.47.

Otago left-arm swing bowler Neil Wager took 20 at 21.70 while former international Shane Bond was also prominent in the latter rounds to finish with 17 at 31.05.

Brent Arnel, of Northern Districts, was the most economical among the top 10, conceding 4.49 runs per over in taking 15 wickets at 21.33.

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