Stags' tail fend off Volts bowlers to salvage draw
The Otago Volts went ever so close to what would have been an exciting win on the final day of their four-day Plunket Shield game against Central Districts in Dunedin yesterday.
The Volts began the day 371-8 with a handy 116-run first-innings lead over Central.
The tail pushed that out to a 127-run lead before they lost their final first-innings wicket yesterday morning.
It meant the Volts bowlers needed to make inroads into the Central batting lineup to put them in a position for victory.
When Central knocked off the deficit with the loss of three wickets, a draw looked likely.
The talented Will Young was the rock in the Central batting lineup as the youngster fell agonisingly short of his second first-class century when Jimmy Neesham picked him up on 99.
Young's wicket was the start of a mini-collapse as the visitors went from 226-6 to 231-9 in double quick time.
With Central having the one wicket in hand and a 104-run lead with close to 20 overs remaining in the day, the Volts smelt blood.
However, Central's No 10 and No 11, Adam Milne and Ajaz Patel, proved stubborn and saw out 11 overs to effectively end the home team's hopes.
With eight overs remaining in the day, the game was called off and they had to settle on a draw.
● Auckland pulled off a remarkable win over Northern Districts yesterday. Needing 409, they went about chasing down the target with Martin Guptill and Jeet Raval setting the tone with their opening stand of 98.
Tim McIntosh (93) and Colin de Grandhomme (102*) carried on the march towards the target.
The required 409 runs were made with six wickets in hand.
● The Wellington and Canterbury fixture ended in a draw yesterday. Wellington were 133-0 when the game was called off, with Michael Papps unbeaten on 103.
Otago v Central Districts at University Oval, Dunedin
Central Districts First innings 255
Otago First innings
A Redmond c van Wyk b Trego 5
N Broom lbw b Nethula 72
M Bracewell lbw b Badenhorst 4
J Ryder c Smith b Patel 119
S Wells c van Wyk b Noema-Barnett 36
N McCullum c van Wyk b Milne 30
J Neesham b Noema-Barnett 28
D de Boorder b Badenhorst 31
M Craig b Nethula 31
J Duffy b Milne 10
J McMillan not out 0
Extras (3b, 1lb, 1wd, 11nb) 16
Total (all out, 107.2 overs) 382
Fall: 1-6 (Redmond, 2.3), 2-30 (Bracewell, 8.3), 3-150 (Broom, 40.4), 4-231 (Wells, 58.4), 5-269 (Ryder, 65.2), 6-306 (Neesham, 72.1), 7-325 (McCullum, 82.4), 8-363 (de Boorder, 97.6), 9-382 (Duffy, 106.3), 10-382 (Craig, 107.2). Bowling: P Trego 20-6-49-1, A Milne 26-4-100-2 (1w, 3nb), R Badenhorst 16-3-51-2, K Noema-Barnett 17-2-66-2, Carl Cachopa 3-0-12-0, T Nethula 14.2-1-59-2 (8nb), A Patel 11-1-41-1.
Central Districts Second innings
J How lbw b McMillan 7
B Smith c de Boorder b Neesham 15
Carl Cachopa c Duffy b McMillan 29
W Young c Ryder b Neesham 99
K Noema-Barnett c Craig b McCullum 31
P Trego run out (McCullum) 5
C van Wyk c Ryder b McCullum 13
R Badenhorst b McMillan 16
T Nethula lbw b Neesham 0
A Milne not out 8
A Patel not out 2
Extras (14lb, 2wd, 1nb) 17
Total (9 wkts dec, 94.0 overs) 242
Fall: 1-10 (How, 6.2), 2-56 (Smith, 24.5), 3-62 (Carl Cachopa, 30.2), 4-163 (Noema-Barnett, 60.6), 5-176 (Trego, 64.2), 6-199 (van Wyk, 72.3), 7-226 (Young, 83.4), 8-230 (Badenhorst, 84.2), 9-231 (Nethula, 85.3). Bowling: J McMillan 12-3-32-3, J Duffy 10-3-21-0, J Neesham 20-5-36-3 (2w), S Wells 19-4-40-0, J Ryder 6-2-12-0, M Craig 9-2-36-0, A Redmond 6-0-19-0 (1nb), N McCullum 12-1-32-2.
Result: Match drawn