Central Districts narrowly won through to the final of the 2005 National Women’s Development Tournament after victory over Otago at Ilam Playing Fields.
Wellington defeated Northern Districts by eight wickets but Central, who completed a four-wicket victory over Otago, claimed second place by virtue of a superior run rate.
Canterbury had already clinched first place and a berth in the final with victory in a rain-affected game over Auckland.
Auckland could not achieve their revised target and missed out on a top-two place.
Wellington and Auckland now play-off for third place and Otago take on Northern Districts to determine fifth place.
Central Districts 14
Northern Districts 8
Round 5 match summaries
Northern Districts vs Wellington
Northern Districts 189-7 (M Hannay 62, L Doolan 4-40)
Wellington 190-2 (E Hobbs 35, L Doolan 53, M Taylor 37no, M Wakefield 41no)
Result: Wellington win by 8 wickets
Otago vs Central Districts
Otago 137-7 (R McCambridge 35, C Winsloe)
Central Districts 138-6 (A Stockwell 30, K Tunnicliffe 42, R Priest 31)
Result: CD win by 4 wickets
Canterbury vs Auckland
Canterbury 173 (K Nielson 35, P Mistry 4-21)
Auckland 154-5 (J Bierman 62)
Result: Canterbury win by 19 runs