CD gain early points as Otago bat for draw

The final day of the Otago-Central Districts Plunket Shield fixture crawled to an expected draw yesterday as Otago had few problems batting off any slim hopes Central Districts had of running through them.

Otago began play yesterday at 37 for one, and only a flurry of wickets in the first session would have put them at risk of losing this fixture outright.

Nightwatchman Neil Wagner improved his credentials as a useful batsman when he dug his heels in, scoring 68 in a 157-ball stay, while Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate backed up his first-innings hundred with an unbeaten 54 in his 100th first-class match.

With the game meandering along at the tea break it was decided to call time on proceedings and accept the match would be drawn.

The first-innings points firmed up Central Districts' place at the top of the table thanks to veteran Mathew Sinclair's 36th first-class century. His knock of 142 was the key factor in Central Districts passing Otago's first-innings total of 427.

Both teams will take a break until January 24.

The focus will now switch solely to the Twenty20 format which will be played from now through to January 20.

The Otago Volts next fixture will be against the Wellington Firebirds in Dunedin starting at 2pm on Sunday.

The Central Districts Stags play Wellington in Wellington on Boxing Day.

In Wellington yesterday, Northern Districts comfortably chased down the 194-run target set by Wellington, to win by six wickets.


OTAGO VOLTS First innings 427 CENTRAL STAGS First innings 449

OTAGO VOLTS Second innings

AJ Redmond c CFK van Wyk b JA Raval 38

HD Rutherford c MS Sinclair b JA Raval 15

N Wagner c MS Sinclair b RF Badenhorst 65

MG Bracewell c CFK van Wyk b BJ Small 16

RN ten Doeschate not out 54

NT Broom not out 24

Extras (b7, lb8, nb0) 15

Total (for 4wkts, 80.0 overs) 227

Fall: 37, 72, 108, 168.

Bowling: PD Trego 16-4-53-0, BJ Small 5-2-9-1, AY Patel 37-12-95-0, JA Raval 8-3-24-2, Carl Cachopa 2-1-2-0, JM How 2-1-6-0, RF Badenhorst 10-5-23-1

WELLINGTON First innings 206 Second innings (overnight 204-6) L Ronchi c & b Sodhi 108

S Kuggeleijn c Watling b Sodhi 83

J Patel c Southee b Williamson 11

D Hutchinson b Southee 45

M Tugaga not out 0

Extras (b6, lb10, nb3) 19

Total (98.1 overs) 390

Fall: 2, 17, 32, 67, 108, 178, 279, 306, 390, 390.

Bowling: T Southee 25-6-75-2 (1nb), B Arnel 20-2-89-2 (2nb), G Aldridge 8-1-40-0, I Sodhi 35.1-2-128-5, K Williamson 10-1-42-1.

NORTHERN First innings 403-8 dec Second innings (target: 194 runs)

B Wilson c Ronchi b Hutchinson 0

J Yovich c Ryder b Tugaga 14

K Williamson not out 121

D Flynn c Ronchi b Patel 11

B Watling c Papps b Woodcock 9

J Marshall not out 36

Extras (lb 1, wd 1, nb 3) 5

Total (for 4wkts, 47.1 overs) 196

Fall: 1, 40, 98, 121.

Bowling: D Hutchinson 5-0-18-1 (1w), S Kuggeleijn 8-0-44-0, J Patel 20.1-5-81-1, M Tugaga 5-1-14-1 (3nb), L Woodcock 9-0-38-1.

Result: Northern won by six wickets.

The Southland Times