Martin Guptill helped Auckland ensure there were no last day dramas as their Plunket Shield encounter with Northern Districts at Whanganei ended in a draw.

Worcestershire’s 2019 Vitality Blast player scored a quickfire 42 to follow his first innings century as Auckland batted out time after resuming on 31-0 in their second innings to claim six points to their opponents four.

Guptill shared in an opening stand of 81 with Graeme Beghin (58).

He struck two sixes and two fours during his 59 ball knock in taking his run aggregate for the game to 162 – his first appearance of the winter in the four-day competition.

Auckland closed the day on 249-6 – an overall lead of 341 and they remain in second spot in the table – 12 points behind Central Districts who lost by two wickets to Canterbury.

Callum Ferguson made 22 for South Australia as batsmen continued to struggle for runs on day two of the Sheffield Shield meeting with Western Australia in Perth.

The Worcestershire 2019 overseas player hit four boundaries in his run a ball innings and added 42 for the fourth wicket with Travis Head.

His side closed day two on 218-8 – a lead of 216 after Western Australia had earlier been bowled out for 157 – a first innings advantage of two runs.

Worcestershire 2018 overseas player Head ended the day unbeaten on 72.