Captain Matthew Bell led from the front
as Wellington beat Northern Districts by six wickets in a State
Shield one-day cricket match in Whangarei today.
Bell hit 74 not out as Wellington overhauled the home side's
mediocre total of 148 in the 44th over at Cobham Oval.
He faced 127 balls and hit eight boundaries, enjoying an unbroken
stand of 72 runs for the fifth wicket with fellow former
international Chris Nevin, who chipped in with a timely 35 not out.
Wellington had been 77 for four in the 26th over before the union
between this pair got them home in good time.
Earlier, Northern Districts would have been seriously embarrassed
were it not for the presence of 18-year-old Kane Williamson.
Williamson propped up his team's innings with a defiant knock of
67 before he was the last man out with 4.3 overs still at their
The Wellington bowlers operated as a pack, firstly knocking the
top off the Northern Districts innings before applying constant
Williamson was the only batsman to top 20, reaching his
half-century off 88 balls after rotating the strike with deft
placement as others came and went at regular intervals at the other
All of the Wellington bowlers were economical with Grant Elliott
and Graham Napier the most successful.
Napier had figures of three for 24 off 7.3 overs, including the
scalp of former international Hamish Marshall in just the second
over, while Elliott took three for 32 off 10.
Ronald Karaitiana also impressed in his debut for Wellington,
picking up two for 18 off seven.
Karaitiana was one of four Wellington players making their debuts
in the one-day competition, alongside batsmen BJ Crook and Stephen
Murdoch, and teenaged allrounder Harry Boam.
Murdoch's introduction did not go so smoothly, with the opening
batsman being dismissed for a 16-ball duck.