Plunket Shield: Louis Delport snares second hat-trick for Auckland this season

Louis Delport matched team-mate Kyle Jamiesons feat as hat-trick takers for Auckland this Plunket Shield season, in Whangarei on Sunday.
The left-arm spinner from South Africa, playing his ninth first-class match, removed Brett Hampton and Black Caps Ish Sodhi and BJ Watling in successive deliveries on the fourth day of their match against Northern Districts at Cobham Oval.

All three were caught as they hit out in pursuit of a declaration in the rain-interrupted match.

Louis Delports left-arm spin proved hard to handle for Northern Districts (file photo).

Delport ended with career-best figures of 7-88 off 17 overs, as ND declared after Watlings dismissal for 37 at 281-8, a first innings lead of 140.

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Delports was the eighth first-class hat-trick for Auckland and followed Jamiesons against Central Stags last October.

Canterbury, meanwhile, took a big step towards winning the shield with a 188-run victory over Otago in the first match to finish on day four.

Thanks to three-wicket bags from seamer Matt Henry and spinner Cole McConchie, Canterbury skittled Otago for 163 in their second innings at Hagley Oval.

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Matt Henry helped Canterbury polish off another Plunket Shield victory (file photo).

Anaru Kitchens 45 was the top score for the visitors who were always playing catch-up after the hosts racked up 517 batting first.

It saw Canterbury leap to 80 points with three rounds to play, with second-placed ND (42) and Auckland (41) desperate for a result to bridge the gap.

Plunket Shield round five, final day​

At Hagley Oval, Christchurch: Canterbury 517 & 209-5 dec beat Otago Volts 375-6 dec & 163 (Anaru Kitchen 45, Hamish Rutherford 39; Matt Henry 3-42, Cole McConchie 3-45) by 188 runs.



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