Otago assume control over Auckland

Auckland's middle-order fightback caused some frustration, but Otago batted themselves into a strong position heading into the second day of the Plunket Shield match in Dunedin.

Otago are running second in the Plunket Shield behind Central Districts, with four wins and three draws from their eight starts. Auckland trail the competition after just two wins.

After winning the toss and opting to bat yesterday, Auckland found themselves in trouble at University Oval, stumbling to 56 for five after left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner wiped the top off the battling lineup.

Dusan Hakaraia and Anaru Kitchen combined for an 83-run stand for the sixth wicket, but when Sam Wells claimed the wickets of both Kitchen and Bruce Martin, Auckland quickly folded for a modest 221. Wagner returned to clean up the tail and claim figures of five for 54 before Otago made a brisk start to their run chase.

Aaron Redmond's half-century was raised in just over an hour and from only 51 balls, before he was dismissed for 72. Otago ended the day on 118 for two.

AUCKLAND, first Innings

MJ Barry c JDS Neesham b JM McMillan 11

M Guptill-Bunce c DC de Boorder b N Wagner 13

Craig Cachopa c NB Beard b N Wagner 2

GJ Hopkins c DC de Boorder b N Wagner 10

C de Grandhomme c DC de Boorder b JDS Neesham 16

DN Hakaraia b MD Craig 23

AK Kitchen b SR Wells 74

BP Martin b SR Wells 31

MD Bates c DC de Boorder b N Wagner 7

L Ferguson not out 9

Bhupinder Singh b N Wagner 0

Extras (b 8, lb 5, wd 1, nb 11) 25

Total (for 10 wickets, 68.4 overs) 221

Fall: 1-26 (M Guptill-Bunce, 8.3), 2-26 (MJ Barry, 9.1), 3-30 (Craig Cachopa, 12.5), 4-51 (C de Grandhomme, 16.6), 5-64 (GJ Hopkins, 28.1), 6-147 (DN Hakaraia, 49.5), 7-178 (AK Kitchen, 54.5), 8-209 (BP Martin, 63.3), 9-221 (MD Bates, 68.3), 10-221 (Bhupinder Singh, 68.4)

Bowling: N Wagner 21.4-3-54-5 (5nb), JM McMillan 14-3-32-1, SR Wells 12-2-47-2 (5nb), JDS Neesham 10-2-31-1 (1w, MD Craig 8-1-40-1, NB Beard 3-1-4-0.

OTAGO, first Innings

AJ Redmond c C de Grandhomme b L Ferguson 72

DJ Broom c C de Grandhomme b L Ferguson 35

NB Beard not out 6

MG Bracewell not out 0

Extras (lb 0, nb 5) 5

Total (for 2 wickets, 28.0 overs) 118

Fall: 1-111 (AJ Redmond, 22.2), 2-118 (DJ Broom, 26.2)

Bowling: L Ferguson 8-2-45-2 (3nb), MD Bates 7-0-24-0 (1nb), C de Grandhomme 3-1-13-0, Bhupinder Singh 4-1-21-0, BP Martin 6-2-15-0 (1nb).

The Southland Times