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Stephen Murdoch guides Wellington past Auckland total in finely poised match

Stephen Murdoch's classy century was just enough to give Wellington a first innings lead in their Plunket Shield opener against Auckland.

Resuming on day two at 43-2, with Auckland having scored 269 all out on day one, Wellington relied heavily on 33-year-old Murdoch as he kept the scoreboard ticking over.

He started the day on 14, with Hamish Marshall on 16 at the other end, and batted deep into the second session on a pitch that never allowed the batsmen a sense of comfort, finishing with 109 from 184 balls.

Bowl in the right areas, and batsman would struggle not to give the opposition chances. But stray from the right line or length, and it was open season.

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