Northern Districts v Central Districts
Shell Trophy 1996/97
VenueTrust Bank Park, Hamilton on 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th March 1997 (4-day match)
Balls per over6
TossCentral Districts won the toss and decided to field
ResultCentral Districts won by 6 wickets
PointsNorthern Districts 4; Central Districts 8
UmpiresMB Glenny, PR Williams
Close of play day 1No play
Close of play day 2No play
Close of play day 3Central Districts (1) 34/2 (Spearman 17*, Howell 5*)

Northern Districts first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*BA Pocockc Hamilton b Sulzberger69849610- 
MD Bellc Sinclair b Bulfin731171579- 
ME Parlanec Austin b Sulzberger3755715- 
MD Baileyc Austin b Bulfin011-- 
GE Bradburnc Sulzberger b Bulfin033-- 
DJ Nashc Furlong b Hamilton2667824- 
MN Hartc Hamilton b West607110510- 
JAF Yovichb Furlong065-- 
+RG Hartnot out3354713- 
AR Taitc Austin b Walker2849514- 
DR Tuffeydid not bat      
Extras(2 b, 12 lb, 10 nb, 3 w)27
Total(9 wickets, declared, 83.5 overs)353
Fall of wickets:
1-125, 2-189, 3-189, 4-189, 5-189, 6-272, 7-273, 8-303, 9-353 (83.5 ov)
Central Districts bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Bulfin16   4643-3
Hamilton14   0621-2
West15   73813-
Furlong14   0831--
Sulzberger19   1672--

Central Districts first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CM Spearmannot out1720353- 
GP Sulzbergerc Parlane b Tuffey61713-- 
MS Sinclairlbw b Tait3710-- 
LG Howellnot out5510-- 
*MJ Greatbatchdid not bat      
MDJ Walkerdid not bat      
RM Westdid not bat      
+E Austindid not bat      
CJM Furlongdid not bat      
LJ Hamiltondid not bat      
CE Bulfindid not bat      
Extras(2 nb, 1 w)3
Total(2 wickets, declared, 8 overs)34
Fall of wickets:
1-9 (Sulzberger), 2-18 (Sinclair)
Northern Districts bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Tait4   01611-
Tuffey4   0181-1

Northern Districts second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*BA Pocockdid not bat      
MD Belldid not bat      
ME Parlanedid not bat      
MD Baileydid not bat      
GE Bradburndid not bat      
DJ Nashdid not bat      
MN Hartdid not bat      
JAF Yovichdid not bat      
+RG Hartdid not bat      
AR Taitdid not bat      
DR Tuffeydid not bat      
Innings Forfeited

Central Districts second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CM Spearmanrun out (Tuffey)57528491 
GP Sulzbergerc MN Hart b Tuffey1445531- 
MS Sinclairnot out9920825018- 
LG Howellc Bradburn b MN Hart099-- 
*MJ Greatbatchc Bell b Yovich72131152101 
MDJ Walkernot out33435741 
RM Westdid not bat      
+E Austindid not bat      
CJM Furlongdid not bat      
LJ Hamiltondid not bat      
CE Bulfindid not bat      
Extras(1 lb, 40 nb, 4 w)45
Total(4 wickets, 78 overs)320
Fall of wickets:
1-59 (Sulzberger), 2-92 (Spearman), 3-100 (Howell), 4-241 (Greatbatch)
Northern Districts bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Tait19   5490--
Tuffey14   1631-2
Yovich10   1571-10
Bradburn18   47704-
MN Hart15   2611-8
Bailey2   0120--

--> AR Tait (1) passed 500 runs in first-class matches when he reached 26
--> RM West made his debut in first-class matches
--> RM West made his debut in Plunket Shield matches
--> E Austin made his last appearance in first-class matches
--> E Austin made his last appearance in Plunket Shield matches

Before play on the 4th day, Central Districts declared their 1st innings closed giving Northern Districts the 1st innings win, Northern Districts then forfeited their 2nd innings leaving Central Districts 320 to win outright in 110 overs.