21 Feb 2012

Northern stay on top in Plunket Shield

5:29 pm on 21 February 2012

Northern Districts stay on top of the Plunket Shield cricket standings after beating Central Districts by 65 runs in Gisborne.

Auckland are second after a four-wicket win over Otago in Dunedin, while Wellington beat Canterbury by five wickets in Rangiora to go third.

Northern Districts have 64 points, Auckland 50, Wellington 45, Central 34, Otago 29 and Canterbury 27.

In the next round which starts on Friday, Auckland host Wellington, Otago host Central and Canterbury host Northern.