Volts make solid start

Jesse Ryder went to lunch 34 not out and looking in ominous form as the Otago Volts try to build a big first innings total in their Plunket Shield game against Wellington at Queens Park in Invercargill.

Volts captain Derek de Boorder won the toss and elected to bat first in what are regarded good batting conditions.

The Volts made a solid start when Black Caps Aaron Redmond and Neil Broom got their team through to 40 inside nine overs.

However, just when there was a feeling Redmond was going to cash in he left a ball which clipped his pad and he was adjudged lbw.

Michael Bracewell then followed relatively quickly for just four when he edged a ball through to Michael Papps at slip from the bowling of Brent Arnel and the home side was reduced to 45 for two.

Bracewell's dismissal brought Jesse Ryder to the crease.

He and Broom settled proceedings, putting on 65 for the third wicket before Broom was caught at cover.

Sam Wells lasted just five balls, reducing the Volts to 111 for four.

Ryder and Nathan McCullum got their team through to 127 for four when the lunch break was called at 1pm.

Ryder's unbeaten 34 has included six well timed boundaries.

The Southland Times