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Records Tumble As CD Go On Runspree

Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - Central Districts had the cricket historians thumbing through their resource material after a record breaking Plunket Shield victory today.

They stormed home by nine wickets after making ridiculously light work of a seemingly challenging 443-run target set them by Wellington captain Matthew Bell at the Basin Reserve here today.

Remarkably, openers Peter Ingram and Jamie How almost did all the work themselves, with a stack of records falling their way as Ingram scored 245 not out, his second first-class double century, and former international How more than held up his end with 176.

Their imposing stand of 428 set a new benchmark for a New Zealand first-class first wicket partnership, erasing the 387 put on by Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis against the West Indies at Georgetown, Guyana, in 1971/72.

It was also the highest partnership for Central Districts for any wicket against any opposition, and bettered the previous provincial first wicket best of 373 by Bert Sutcliffe and Les Watt for Otago against Auckland in 1950/51.

By the time they were finally parted, when an understandably tiring How edged behind, he and Ingram had been together for 378 minutes as the Wellington bowlers were put to the sword.

Central Districts have some form chasing down large targets, with largely the same team scoring 450 for seven in the fourth innings to beat Canterbury at New Plymouth's small Pukekura Park in March.

Bell was aware of that performance yesterday when he set the victory target for Central Districts, a decision criticised in some quarters for asking too much of the visitors.

But Central Districts, dismissed for just 205 in their first innings, showed Bell was wise to be cautious as Ingram and How resumed this morning on 69 without loss before imposing their will on a match Wellington had dominated for long periods.

Ingram, 31 and with 10 first-class centuries to his name, including a career-best 247, took a proactive approach, which How slowly but surely duplicated as they hunted down the distant target.

Ingram said he and How had no definitive plan when they took guard this morning.

"We don't talk plans, especially when chasing 443 because it's such a big total," he told NZPA after one celebratory beer "went to my head".

"Whatever happens, happens. It sort of came off, it was a crazy day," he said after a chanceless innings.

"We just went out and batted. We back each other to do the job."

With Central Districts on 349 without loss at tea, his teammates took the opportunity to remind the hard working batsmen of the record held by Turner and Jarvis.

"The boys did mention that. They asked if we wanted to know and we did. It was such a good feeling to get past that 387."

Their collaboration was the fourth highest partnership for any record in this country, with Australian legend Victory Trumper among those above them for the 433 he and Arthur Sims scored for an Australian 11 against Canterbury in 1913/14.

"That's been around for a while," said Ingram, who agreed it helped put into perspective what he and How had accomplished.

"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. To pull it off and to get an amazing win like that is a great feeling," Ingram said after facing 286 balls and hit 36 fours and one six.


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