2017–18 Plunket Shield season

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2017–18 Plunket Shield
Dates 23 October 2017–5 April 2018
Cricket format First-class
Tournament format(s) Round-robin
Champions Central Districts (10th title)
Participants 6
Matches played 30
Most runs Michael Papps (814)
Most wickets Ajaz Patel (48)

The 2017–18 Plunket Shield was the 89th season of the Plunket Shield, the domestic first-class cricket competition in New Zealand. The competition started on 23 October 2017 and finished on 5 April 2018.[1][2] Canterbury were the defending champions.[3]

The round eight fixture between Canterbury and Auckland at the Mainpower Oval in Rangiora was called off due to an unsafe pitch.[4] The umpires abandoned the game after only three balls were bowled on day three of the match.[5]

Central Districts won the tournament, following the final round of fixtures, after their nearest rivals, Wellington, failed to win their last match.[6]

Points table[edit]

Team[7] Pld W L D Ab Pts
Central Districts 10 6 0 4 0 131
Wellington 10 6 3 1 0 127
Auckland 10 5 3 2 0 105
Northern Districts 10 2 4 4 0 80
Otago 10 2 7 1 0 79
Canterbury 10 2 6 2 0 64

     Winner

Fixtures[edit]

Round 1[edit]

23–26 October 2017
Scorecard
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62 (23 overs)
Tarun Nethula 23 (48)
Ollie Newton 4/26 (8 overs)
553/3d (137 overs)
Michael Papps 316* (435)
Lockie Ferguson 2/127 (26 overs)
286 (103.3 overs)
Jeet Raval 73 (201)
Ian McPeake 3/51 (17 overs)
Wellington won by an innings and 205 runs
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Umpires: Shaun Haig and Tim Parlane
  • Wellington won the toss and elected to field.
  • Ollie Newton (Wellington) made his first-class debut.
  • Michael Papps made the highest individual score for Wellington[8] and became the oldest New Zealand batsman to score a triple century in first-class cricket.[9]
  • Michael Papps and Luke Woodcock made the highest opening partnership and the highest partnership for any wicket in first-class cricket in New Zealand with 432 runs.[8][10]

23–26 October 2017
Scorecard
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439/5d (103.5 overs)
Bharat Popli 84 (192)
Ajaz Patel 3/83 (26.5 overs)
313/7d (78 overs)
Brad Schmulian 203 (207)
Scott Kuggeleijn 3/67 (15 overs)
181/9d (35 overs)
Daniel Flynn 64 (60)
Ajaz Patel 6/48 (11 overs)
223/7 (65 overs)
Greg Hay 76 (131)
James Baker 2/19 (7 overs)
  • Central Districts won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 1.
  • Brad Schmulian (Central Districts) made his first-class debut.
  • Brad Schmulian made the highest total on debut in first-class cricket in New Zealand.[11][12]

23–26 October 2017
Scorecard
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155 (68.1 overs)
Michael Pollard 54 (136)
Jacob Duffy 3/24 (15 overs)
216 (88.5 overs)
Brad Wilson 58 (184)
Tim Johnston 3/49 (30.5 overs)
299 (81.5 overs)
Brett Hampton 60 (55)
Mark Craig 4/87 (32 overs)
239/3 (80.4 overs)
Hamish Rutherford 90 (126)
Blake Coburn 2/87 (24.4 overs)
Otago won by 7 wickets
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Umpires: Billy Bowden and Chris Brown
  • Canterbury won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Blake Coburn and Fraser Sheat (Canterbury) both made their first-class debuts.

Round 2[edit]

30 October–2 November 2017
Scorecard
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472 (108.2 overs)
Jesse Ryder 175 (237)
Lockie Ferguson 5/129 (27 overs)
349 (96.1 overs)
Michael Guptill-Bunce 78 (126)
Blair Tickner 3/64 (19 overs)
302/5d (62.4 overs)
Jesse Ryder 106* (107)
Jeet Raval 1/2 (0.4 overs)
169 (57 overs)
Ben Horne 46 (95)
Ajaz Patel 3/59 (18 overs)
Central Districts won by 256 runs
Saxton Oval, Nelson
Umpires: Chris Brown and Wayne Knights
  • Auckland won the toss and elected to field.
  • Jesse Ryder (Central Districts) scored his 25th century in first-class cricket.[13]

30 October–2 November 2017
Scorecard
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381 (128.5 overs)
Cole McConchie 85 (158)
Scott Kuggeleijn 3/88 (29 overs)
339 (105.4 overs)
Anton Devcich 116 (112)
Tim Johnston 5/78 (27 overs)
202 (54.3 overs)
Daniel Sams 88 (74)
James Baker 3/27 (11 overs)
236 (89.2 overs)
Henry Cooper 52 (126)
Blake Coburn 7/64 (27.2 overs)
Canterbury won by 8 runs
Mainpower Oval, Rangiora
Umpires: John Bromley and Shaun Haig
  • Canterbury won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Daniel Sams (Canterbury) made his first-class debut.
  • Blake Coburn (Canterbury) took his best figures and his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.[14]

30 October–2 November 2017
Scorecard
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369 (89.1 overs)
Stephen Murdoch 114 (187)
Neil Wagner 4/80 (24.1 overs)
184 (54.3 overs)
Neil Wagner 43 (43)
Hamish Bennett 3/31 (12 overs)
142 (53.3 overs) (f/o)
Rob Nicol 39 (68)
Hamish Bennett 4/30 (14 overs)
Wellington won by an innings and 43 runs
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Umpires: Ashley Mehrotra and Derek Walker
  • Otago won the toss and elected to field.
  • Luke Woodcock played in his 128th game for Wellington, the most first-class appearances for a player with one team in New Zealand.[15]

Round 3[edit]

7–10 November 2017
Scorecard
v
380 (108.2 overs)
Stephen Murdoch 97 (203)
Brent Arnel 5/73 (34.2 overs)
249 (80.3 overs)
Dean Brownlie 82 (132)
Logan van Beek 4/60 (21 overs)
158 (46 overs)
Fraser Colson 40 (63)
James Baker 4/34 (11 overs)
207 (65.3 overs)
Dean Brownlie 72 (117)
Logan van Beek 6/57 (14.3 overs)
Wellington won by 82 runs
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Umpires: Billy Bowden and Tony Gillies
  • Northern Districts won the toss and elected to field.
  • Logan van Beek (Wellington) took his maiden 10-wicket match haul in first-class cricket.[16]

7–10 November 2017
Scorecard
v
213 (71 overs)
Ben Horne 56 (88)
Warren Barnes 4/36 (16 overs)
170 (42.4 overs)
Anaru Kitchen 44 (74)
Lockie Ferguson 7/34 (15 overs)
277 (111.5 overs)
Robert O'Donnell 84 (200)
James Neesham 3/46 (17 overs)
185 (62.1 overs)
Derek de Boorder 39 (134)
Lockie Ferguson 5/44 (19.1 overs)
Auckland won by 135 runs
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Umpires: John Bromley and Wayne Knights

7–10 November 2017
Scorecard
v
498/7d (129 overs)
Greg Hay 140 (250)
Daniel Sams 2/97 (28 overs)
194 (64 overs)
Michael Pollard 62 (142)
Seth Rance 5/32 (15 overs)
218 (97.2 overs) (f/o)
Cole McConchie 56 (150)
Blair Tickner 4/41 (18 overs)
Central Districts won by an innings and 86 runs
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Umpires: Chris Brown and Tim Parlane
  • Central Districts won the toss and elected to bat.

Round 4[edit]

15–18 November 2017
Scorecard
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118 (39.5 overs)
Chad Bowes 29 (56)
Hamish Bennett 5/14 (10.5 overs)
159 (58.4 overs)
Michael Papps 44 (81)
Henry Shipley 5/37 (11.4 overs)
156 (45.1 overs)
Cam Fletcher 33 (56)
Hamish Bennett 5/34 (14 overs)
116/5 (27.2 overs)
Michael Papps 48 (67)
Will Williams 2/14 (3 overs)
Wellington won by 5 wickets
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Umpires: Billy Bowden and Garth Stirrat
  • Wellington won the toss and elected to field.
  • Hamish Bennett (Wellington) took his maiden ten-wicket match haul in first-class cricket.[17]
  • Andrew Ellis scored his 5,000th run for Canterbury in first-class cricket.[17]

15–18 November 2017
Scorecard
v
513/7d (139 overs)
Hamish Rutherford 142 (247)
Adam Milne 3/90 (26 overs)
359 (106.3 overs)
Tom Bruce 57 (88)
Jacob Duffy 3/84 (25 overs)
177 (35.1 overs)
Hamish Rutherford 39 (33)
Adam Milne 5/64 (13 overs)
334/8 (83.1 overs)
Ross Taylor 90 (154)
Jacob Duffy 5/59 (20 overs)
Central Districts won by 2 wickets
University Oval, Dunedin
Umpires: John Dempsey and Tony Gillies
  • Otago won the toss and elected to bat.

15–18 November 2017
Scorecard
v
148 (55.5 overs)
Mitchell Santner 55 (138)
Benjamin Lister 5/29 (15 overs)
315 (95.2 overs)
Michael Guptill-Bunce 62 (129)
Scott Kuggeleijn 5/36 (15.2 overs)
238 (93.1 overs)
Mitchell Santner 53 (122)
Matt McEwan 6/48 (20.1 overs)
75/2 (16.1 overs)
Martin Guptill 52* (49)
Scott Kuggeleijn 1/24 (3.1 overs)
Auckland won by 8 wickets
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Umpires: Ashley Mehrotra and Tim Parlane
  • Auckland won the toss and elected to field.
  • Benjamin Lister (Auckland) took his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.[18]

Round 5[edit]

24–27 November 2017
Scorecard
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181 (42.5 overs)
Mark Chapman 76 (72)
Daniel Sams 4/55 (15.5 overs)
211 (59.4 overs)
Daniel Sams 57 (51)
Matt McEwan 3/49 (16.4 overs)
345 (71.5 overs)
Glenn Phillips 104 (102)
Fraser Sheat 3/45 (10 overs)
291 (80.2 overs)
Leo Carter 63 (110)
Glenn Phillips 3/45 (14 overs)
Auckland won by 24 runs
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Umpires: John Dempsey and Ashley Mehrotra
  • Canterbury won the toss and elected to field.

24–27 November 2017
Scorecard
v
456 (137.2 overs)
Tim Seifert 167* (230)
Anaru Kitchen 3/19 (9.2 overs)
248 (97.5 overs)
Hamish Rutherford 67 (161)
Brent Arnel 5/76 (28 overs)
135/9d (41 overs)
Daryl Mitchell 29 (86)
Jacob Duffy 5/49 (12 overs)
318 (98.5 overs)
Brad Wilson 111 (228)
Ish Sodhi 5/124 (41.5 overs)
Northern Districts won by 25 runs
Molyneux Park, Alexandra
Umpires: Chris Brown and Tim Parlane
  • Northern Districts won the toss and elected to bat.

24–27 November 2017
Scorecard
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171 (54.2 overs)
Fraser Colson 88 (131)
Blair Tickner 4/45 (13.2 overs)
172 (60.4 overs)
Dane Cleaver 73 (116)
Ian McPeake 5/50 (17 overs)
172 (39.2 overs)
Matt Taylor 49 (49)
Doug Bracewell 3/22 (10 overs)
172/3 (52 overs)
Greg Hay 85* (163)
Ian McPeake 2/60 (15 overs)
Central Districts won by 7 wickets
Saxton Oval, Nelson
Umpires: John Bromley and Derek Walker

Round 6[edit]

1–4 March 2018
Scorecard
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339 (94 overs)
Glenn Phillips 93 (126)
James Baker 6/72 (23 overs)
237 (65 overs)
Tim Seifert 78 (92)
Matt McEwan 5/60 (20 overs)
199 (69 overs)
Sean Solia 45 (87)
Brent Arnel 4/58 (22 overs)
161 (57 overs)
BJ Watling 45 (105)
Benjamin Lister 4/34 (13 overs)
Auckland won by 140 runs
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Umpires: John Dempsey and Tim Parlane

1–4 March 2018
Scorecard
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156 (52 overs)
Andrew Ellis 53 (86)
Ian McPeake 5/30 (12 overs)
166 (49.5 overs)
Stephen Murdoch 38 (37)
Kyle Jamieson 5/61 (16 overs)
53 (18.4 overs)
Kyle Jamieson 15* (15)
Ian McPeake 5/21 (6.4 overs)
44/0 (7.2 overs)
Michael Papps 28* (23)
Wellington won by 10 wickets
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Umpires: Greg Davidson and Billy Bowden
  • Wellington won the toss and elected to field.
  • Andrew Hazeldine (Canterbury) and Alex Ridley (Wellington) both made their first-class debuts.
  • Logan van Beek (Wellington) took a hat-trick.[20]
  • Canterbury's second innings total of 53 was their fourth-lowest total in first-class cricket since 1900.[21]

2–5 March 2018
Scorecard
v
289 (84 overs)
Derek de Boorder 73 (165)
Seth Rance 5/58 (19 overs)
188 (69.1 overs)
Will Young 49 (139)
Neil Wagner 5/45 (19 overs)
162 (72.1 overs)
Shawn Hicks 42 (129)
Ajaz Patel 5/44 (21.1 overs)
264/4 (95.2 overs)
Greg Hay 134* (269)
Jacob Duffy 1/32 (17 overs)
Central Districts won by 6 wickets
McLean Park, Napier
Umpires: John Bromley and Tony Gillies
  • Central Districts won the toss and elected to field.
  • Greg Hay (Central Districts) scored his 10th century in first-class cricket.[22]

Round 7[edit]

9–12 March 2018
Scorecard
v
193 (72.4 overs)
Michael Pollard 48 (114)
James Baker 5/52 (23 overs)
409/4d (75 overs)
Daniel Flynn 157 (177)
Blake Coburn 1/61 (8 overs)
141/2 (42 overs)
Chad Bowes 93 (129)
Daryl Mitchell 1/33 (8 overs)
  • Canterbury won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Trevor Garrett (Canterbury) made his first-class debut.

9–12 March 2018
Scorecard
v
524 (132.5 overs)
Will Young 162 (196)
Matt McEwan 3/92 (28.5 overs)
205 (85.5 overs)
Glenn Phillips 63 (142)
Ajaz Patel 5/42 (28.5 overs)
181/8 (82 overs) (f/o)
Sean Solia 59 (137)
Ajaz Patel 5/39 (32 overs)
  • Central Districts won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Finn Allen (Auckland) made his first-class debut.

10–13 March 2018
Scorecard
v
194 (68.4 overs)
Michael Bracewell 58* (117)
Mark Craig 4/42 (16.4 overs)
289 (84 overs)
James Neesham 93 (111)
Jeetan Patel 7/105 (36 overs)
309 (108 overs)
Michael Papps 128 (277)
Michael Rae 5/18 (8 overs)
196 (80 overs)
Neil Broom 43* (109)
Ian McPeake 3/44 (14 overs)
Wellington won by 18 runs
University Oval, Dunedin
Umpires: Ashley Mehrotra and Derek Walker
  • Wellington won the toss and elected to bat.

Round 8[edit]

17–20 March 2018
Scorecard
v
485/6d (140 overs)
Ken McClure 210 (414)
Matt McEwan 3/115 (28 overs)
66/6 (49 overs)
Sean Solia 17 (103)
Will Williams 4/16 (20 overs)
  • Canterbury won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Ken McClure (Canterbury) scored his maiden double century in first-class cricket.[23]
  • Cam Fletcher (Canterbury) scored his maiden century in first-class cricket.[5]
  • The match was called off in the first over of day three due to an unsafe pitch.[5]

17–20 March 2018
Scorecard
v
331 (116.4 overs)
Derek de Boorder 89 (185)
Ish Sodhi 7/98 (38.4 overs)
227/8d (70.4 overs)
Daryl Mitchell 51* (75)
Michael Rippon 4/73 (22.4 overs)
101/3 (23 overs)
Hamish Rutherford 32 (33)
Joe Walker 1/6 (4 overs)
  • Otago won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Peter Bocock (Northern Districts) made his first-class debut.

17–20 March 2018
Scorecard
v
530 (123.1 overs)
Malcolm Nofal 179 (245)
Willem Ludick 4/102 (26 overs)
423 (124.2 overs)
Tom Bruce 89 (131)
Jeetan Patel 5/116 (37.2 overs)
264/8d (78 overs)
Devon Conway 103* (178)
Blair Tickner 4/75 (15 overs)
108/8 (57 overs)
Jesse Ryder 39 (80)
Ian McPeake 3/23 (12 overs)
  • Central Districts won the toss and elected to field.
  • Willem Ludick and Felix Murray (Central Districts) both made their first-class debuts.
  • Malcolm Nofal (Wellington) scored his maiden century in first-class cricket.[24]

Round 9[edit]

25–28 March 2018
Scorecard
v
137 (49.3 overs)
Luke Woodcock 51 (87)
Ish Sodhi 7/30 (15.3 overs)
323 (91.3 overs)
Tim Seifert 124 (183)
Jeetan Patel 5/85 (26.3 overs)
130 (49.1 overs)
Michael Papps 39 (47)
Ish Sodhi 5/32 (20.1 overs)
Northern Districts won by an innings and 56 runs
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Umpires: John Dempsey and Tony Gillies
  • Northern Districts won the toss and elected to field.

25–28 March 2018
Scorecard
v
305 (82 overs)
Jacob Duffy 46 (56)
Lockie Ferguson 5/63 (20 overs)
134 (44.5 overs)
Matt McEwan 39 (51)
Michael Rae 3/24 (10 overs)
134 (41 overs) (f/o)
Mark Chapman 41 (55)
Jacob Duffy 5/29 (11 overs)
Otago won by an innings and 37 runs
University Oval, Dunedin
Umpires: Shaun Haig and Garth Stirrat
  • Auckland won the toss and elected to field.

25–28 March 2018
Scorecard
v
361/7d (107 overs)
Tom Bruce 78* (114)
Theo van Woerkom 3/123 (29 overs)
97 (39.4 overs)
Michael Davidson 25 (62)
Blair Tickner 5/23 (9 overs)
205 (89.4 overs) (f/o)
Cole McConchie 63 (144)
Ajaz Patel 5/67 (32.4 overs)
Central Districts won by an innings and 58 runs
McLean Park, Napier
Umpires: Ashley Mehrotra and Billy Bowden
  • Central Districts won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Jeff Case (Canterbury) made his first-class debut.

Round 10[edit]

2–5 April 2018
Scorecard
v
134 (43.4 overs)
Scott Kuggeleijn 48* (83)
Seth Rance 6/26 (11 overs)
99 (32.5 overs)
Seth Rance 33 (25)
Scott Kuggeleijn 7/48 (13.5 overs)
483 (126.5 overs)
Anton Devcich 106 (76)
Ajaz Patel 6/143 (35.5 overs)
284/4 (111.5 overs)
Dane Cleaver 87* (179)
Brent Arnel 4/35 (24.5 overs)
Match drawn
McLean Park, Napier
Umpires: Tim Parlane and Billy Bowden
  • Central Districts won the toss and elected to field.

2–5 April 2018
Scorecard
v
225 (74.3 overs)
Chad Bowes 85 (134)
Matthew Bacon 4/55 (20 overs)
264 (84.5 overs)
James Neesham 79 (79)
Theo van Woerkom 2/30 (14 overs)
304 (99.1 overs)
Michael Davidson 101* (231)
Warren Barnes 6/64 (18.1 overs)
170 (51.3 overs)
James Neesham 42 (57)
Fraser Sheat 3/31 (8 overs)
Canterbury won by 95 runs
University Oval, Dunedin
Umpires: John Bromley and Derek Walker
  • Otago won the toss and elected to field.

2–5 April 2018
Scorecard
v
304 (94 overs)
Robert O'Donnell 93* (162)
Logan van Beek 6/46 (17 overs)
174 (47.2 overs)
Ian McPeake 33* (36)
Lockie Ferguson 5/63 (16 overs)
163 (51.5 overs)
Sean Solia 59 (112)
Jeetan Patel 5/37 (13.5 overs)
173 (57.5 overs)
Devon Conway 47 (100)
Louis Delport 4/42 (22 overs)
Auckland won by 120 runs
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Umpires: Wayne Knights and Chris Brown
  • Wellington won the toss and elected to field.

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