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Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - An outstanding 150 from former international Michael Papps brought Canterbury surprisingly close to stealing a win in their one-day cricket match against Central Districts in Rangiora today.

Instead, they fell 15 runs short after Central set a challenging 301 for nine after being sent in.

Canterbury's start couldn't have been much worse: Rob Nicol lasted only two balls before George Worker took a sharp chance at mid-off from Ewen Thompson, and although Papps was in good touch at one end, the other proved problematic.

Recently rejected Black Cap Peter Fulton had only five on the board when he got underneath a Thompson delivery and skied it to Brendon Diamanti, who took a tricky catch over one shoulder at midwicket.

Wickets continued to fall regularly, but once the evergreen Craig McMillan had departed, comfortably caught by How off Diamanti for five, Papps and another veteran, Chris Harris, settled in to attempt a rescue.

Papps was in dominant form, his innings of 150 including three sixes and 13 fours and coming off 149 balls. It was his highest one-day score ever by 13, his eighth one-day ton and ended in the final over when a full toss from Diamanti finally breached his guard.

Harris was an effective foil, accumulating runs and turning over the strike, but was caught by Thompson off Mason on 32 with the score on 185 in the 40th over.

That brought captain Kruger van Wyk to the crease, and he laid waste to the Canterbury bowling, amassing a whirlwind 41 off 20 balls before he was caught behind as the 46th over came to a close.

Carl Frauenstein stepped up to the mark with a rapid 11 but when he was bowled by Diamanti, Canterbury's hopes were dashed as the tail was exposed and the game was wrapped up four balls short of 50 overs. Thompson, with 3-45, and Diamanti on 3-55 were the southerners best bowlers.

Earlier, openers Peter Ingram and George Worker had got Central off to a brisk start, their first wicket stand brought to a close one run shy of the hundred when Ingram was caught by Fulton off Harris. Ingram's 53 came off 50 balls and included seven fours while Worker provided the backbone of Central's innings, and kept the run-rate ticking over despite losing How for 15 in the 27th over with the score at 134.

The 20-year-old left-hander was eventually removed in the 38th over, the first of Frauenstein's four wickets, for 84 off 122 balls.

But former international Mathew Sinclair was in dominant form, bludgeoning 67 off 62 balls before he was bowled by Frauenstein in the 47th over with the score at 269 for six.

Although Oram failed to fire in the middle order, making nine before becoming another of Frauenstein's victims, late flurries from Diamanti -- 27 from 15 balls -- and Kieran Noema-Barnett, not out on 15 from eight, saw Central post a challenging total.

Frauenstein was rewarded for some consistent bowling with 4-48, the best one-day figures of his career, while McMillan picked up 3-47 off six.

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