Match Reports

How the Firebirds got into pole for the Plunket Shield

Despite a century and bag of their own, the Otago Volts ran smack into Michael Bracewell, in his first red-ball match for the Firebirds all summer, and came out stinging from a bruising defeat inside three days

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Leader alarm bells: Canterbury frustrates ND while Foxcroft rips through Firebirds

Otago Volts captain Dean Foxcroft provided a star turn with a stunning haul of 6/49 against Plunket Shield contenders the Wellington Firebirds at the Cello Basin Reserve - but it won't be enough to keep his team alive in the championship

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Plunket Shield race for survival begins

Plunket Shield frontrunner Northern Districts has handed a lifeline to the chasing pack after securing just one of the four first innings batting points on offer to them in Rangiora

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Test BLACKCAPS back for big Plunket Shield round

The Plunket Shield national championship is boiling down to the last two decisive rounds of summer, with several teams still well in the hunt for the coveted first-class trophy

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Is this the season? ND reclaims lead with nailbiter win

Defending Plunket Shield champion the Central Stags won't be sending the Auckland Aces any Christmas cards this year after the Aces failed to see out the last two balls of their match against Northern Districts, while weather and the Firebirds denied the Stags in Manawatū

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Monster total in vain for stymied Stags

The Central Stags plastered their fourth highest ever first-class total on Fitzherbert Park as they looked to move up the Plunket Shield ladder before it was too late. But a defiant Wellington Firebirds nightwatchman, and some ill-timed wet weather interventions, conspired against them

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Hampton hundred in a Hamilton thriller

In one of the great Plunket Shield finishes, Northern Districts sweated all day against a determined Auckland Aces line-up, before snaffling a crucial victory - with just minutes to spare

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Stags go big with a Schmulian special

The Otago Volts file away their first victory of the first-class season with a day to spare, while the Central Stags and Northern Districts are looking to join them in the winner's circle after taking commanding positions

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Red-ball win at last for Volts

Canterbury's Plunket Shield concerns grow as the Otago Volts snatch a nine-wicket outright inside three days, for their first win of the first-class season

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Hometown hundred as Curtis Heaphy gets maiden ton

The Central Stags, Otago Volts and Northern Districts all have the upper hand midway through a big sixth round of the Plunket Shield - with just two rounds remaining to sort out this season's champion

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Jensen to lead strong New Zealand A Women’s squads

Seven players with WHITE FERNS experience have been named in the New Zealand A squads to take on England A in three T20s and three One Day matches, starting in Queenstown next week.

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Coaches on the move

The Otago Volts and the Auckland Aces will both have fresh mentors at the helm next season, after announcements over the past two days

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Wellington Firebirds are new Plunket Shield leaders

Muhammad Abbas has a second first-class century before his 21st birthday while allrounder Nathan Smith steps up again, as the Wellington Firebirds snatch a narrow lead atop the Plunket Shield championship ladder

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Dramatic draw in Dunners

The Plunket Shield clash between the two cellars dwellers turned into a last-ball thriller, with Otago Volts captain Dean Foxcroft producing his biggest first-class knock yet and the Auckland O'Donnell brothers continuing their strong form in all formats

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Firebirds pull off great escape

When your opponent piles on one of their biggest first innings totals, the odds swing out of your favour. But the Wellington Firebirds weren't about to let the laws of cricket probability stop them against Canterbury in Rangiora

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Last-day rain frustrates ND, Central Stags

ND had headed in with the Plunket Shield lead, defending champion the Central Stags with an uncapped player on the cusp of a magical debut - and a chance to gain valuable ground from third on the first-class ladder. After the Stags worked their way into a good position, weather would ultimately deny both teams at Bay Oval

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Special day for Ajaz Patel in the Plunket Shield

Renowned left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel has become the second most successful first-class wicket-taker in the Central Stags’ 74-year history with a career-best 7-for, while Nathan Smith turned the tables on Canterbury in Rangiora with a new career best six-for

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Fairytale knock gets Angus Schaw a century on debut

The Central Stags are making a habit of racking up centuries on first-class debut, after 29-year-old late bloomer Angus Schaw became the latest to join the exclusive club, this afternoon at Bay Oval

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Plunket Shield resumes with impressive feats

A rare cricket/rugby first-class cap double, and a player reaching a century before lunch for the second time were two of the unusual stats popping up as the back half of the national Plunket Shield got underway

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Rising Domestic stars compete for T20 title

A host of emerging talent will feature in the women’s three-match North v South T20 Series, which starts in Napier on Friday

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