Wellington's Michael Papps has blazed an unbeaten 179 on the final day of the Plunket Shield match against Canterbury.
Papps, who was on 95 overnight, continued his onslaught in Rangiora this morning and the Firebirds are well-poised to record a respectable total before the inevitable declaration.
Sitting on 322-5, Wellington had a 260-run lead at lunch.
Former Black Caps opener Papps' contribution from 293 balls has included 17 fours and a six.
Fellow opener Josh Brodie contributed 74 before being caught and bowled by George Worker.
By that point, however, it was obvious Wellingtons' grip on this match was intense.
The opening partnership had posted 211 runs before Brodie was dismissed.
Once again the threat of Jesse Ryder was negated with surprising ease. Ryder, who was fingered as a major threat following a wonderful run leading into this match was bowled by spinner Tom Johnston for 4.
Ryder managed just one in the first innings, having been cleaned out by seamer Andy Ellis.
Canterbury declared at 301/8 yesterday afternoon after top-order batsman Dean Brownlie starred with 113 from 255 balls.
First innings 239.
Second innings 322-5 (M Papps 179no, J Brodie 74, L Woodcock 45); T Johnston 2-32, G Worker 2-15).
First innings 301.
- The Dominion Post
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