Stubborn tail fends off Volts

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 11:29 24/12/2013

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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 for eight 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 for six to 231 for nine in double quick time.

With Central having just the one wicket in hand and just 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 day four win over Northern Districts yesterday. Needing 409 for victory in their final innings, they went about chasing it down 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 a march towards the target and Gareth Hopkins also chipped in as they overhauled the required 409 runs with six wickets in hand.

? The Wellington and Canterbury fixture ended in a tame draw yesterday although in-form opener Michael Papps still found time to make another impressive statement.

Wellington were 133 for none when the game was called off with no result in sight, with Papps unbeaten on 103.

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- The Southland Times

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