9 Dec 2008

CD top State Championship with third outright

6:28 am on 9 December 2008

An unbeaten century from Brad Patton helped Central Districts to an outright win over Otago in Napier and the lead in State Championship.

Central moved to the top of the points table on 24 points, seven clear of Wellington, after their third outright win in a row.

Patton's 110 not out saw Central through to an eight-wicket win after the match had been evenly poised at the end of the third day.

Otago set the home side a target of of 261 in a minimum of 73 overs after making 281 in their second innings.