Led by fine knocks from Hamish Rutherford and Jesse Ryder, Otago revitalised their domestic one-day cricket campaign with a convincing win over struggling Auckland.
Otago won by 43 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system after compiling 332 at Invercargill on Wednesday.
The visitors, chasing a revised 279 to win off 39 overs after rain delayed their reply, were dismissed off the final ball for 235.
Otago allrounder Sam Wells ripped through the top order, taking 5-41 off eight overs, to build on the batting deeds of Rutherford (108) and Ryder (78 off 45 balls).
It was the second century of the competition for Ryder, who is the leading runscorer on 319.
Otago lodged their second win while defending champions Auckland suffered a third straight loss.
Both teams are still in contention for the four-team playoffs.
After six rounds Canterbury and Northern Districts are on 18 points, followed by Wellington and Auckland on 12, and Otago and Central Districts on 10.
Northern lost by three wickets to Wellington in Hamilton despite a fighting 122 not out from opening batsman Daniel Flynn.
He scored more than half of the home side’s 215-8 on a slow wicket but they couldn’t stop Wellington reaching the target with 16 balls to spare.
Canterbury hammered Central by 64 runs in a rain-hit match at New Plymouth.
The visitors raced to 216-8 off their 30 overs before dismissing Central for 152.