Neil Broom century denies Northern outright win
A defiant Otago Volts, inspired by Neil Broom, denied the Northern Knights an outright victory in their Plunket Shield match at Hamilton's Seddon Park.
The visitors looked to be fighting a lost cause when they were six wickets down at lunch on the final day of the four-day encounter while still more than 300 runs short of a distant victory total.
But a superb unbeaten century from former Black Caps batsman Broom, with quality support from No 8 Mark Craig, saw Otago deny the hosts the 10 second-innings wickets they needed for the win.
Broom remained unbeaten on 146 - off 267 balls in 350 minutes - while Craig fell seven short of a deserved century as Otago reached 353/8 when stumps were called.
Broom survived a massively confident appeal for caught behind off rookie leg spinner Ish Sodhi when on 116 - and Otago on 271/7 - that left the Knights players distraught and bewildered.
Sodhi and wicketkeeper Adam Wheater were jubilant but umpire Tim Parlane denied their request.
The Knights got rid of Craig with just over 20 minutes remaining, ending his 157-ball stay that featured 18 fours, but were unable to make any further inroads.
The Volts resumed on the final day at 12-2, needing a nigh-on-impossible 417 to win with the chief priority being to avoid defeat and therefore not allowing the hosts to grab the 12 points on offer for an outright win.
Nightwatchman Neil Wagner and Michael Bracewell started cautiously but assuredly until James Baker enticed an edge from Wagner to dismiss him for 10, and Bracewell perished soon after to the second ball of Corey Anderson's first over to leave reeling at 50-4.
Broom was confident in his approach and brought up his half-century shortly before lunch off 76 balls.
However, the Knights went to the break delighted with the session as Sodhi snared Darren Broom lbw for his maiden first-class wicket and soon after Brent Arnel trapped Volts skipper Derek de Boorder with one that kept low.
That left Otago in dire straits at 122-6, but Broom continued to look untroubled, while first innings century-maker Jimmy Neesham received a let-off when dropped on 9 off Arnel.
He went on to make 32 before being deceived by Sodhi, adding 69 with Broom for the seventh wicket.
Broom next found excellent support from Craig, who survived the second new ball and registered his first Shield half-century before continuing to deny the Knights with a mixture of pugnacious defence, bold strokes and a little good fortune as they added 149 for the eighth wicket.
The Volts took five points while the Knights gained four.
First Innings 204
Second Innings 533/6 dec.
First Innings 298
Second Innings (12-2 overnight)
AJ Redmond lbw b JD Baker 1
HD Rutherford c AJ Wheater b JD Baker 0
MG Bracewell c BS Wilson b CJ Anderson 32
N Wagner c CJ Anderson b JD Baker 10
NT Broom not out 146
DJ Broom lbw b IS Sodhi 21
DC de Boorder lbw b BJ Arnel 3
JDS Neesham b IS Sodhi 32
MD Craig c DR Flynn b BJ Arnel 93
IG Butler not out 6
Extras (b 4, lb 3, wd 1, nb 1) 9
Total (for 8 wickets, 115.0 overs) 353
Fall: 1-1 (HD Rutherford, 1.1), 2-4 (AJ Redmond, 5.2), 3-38 (N Wagner, 21.4), 4-50 (MG Bracewell, 24.2), 5-115 (DJ Broom, 43.1), 6-122 (DC de Boorder, 44.3), 7-191 (JDS Neesham, 63.4), 8-340 (MD Craig, 107.5)
Bowling: BJ Arnel 32-11-87-2, JD Baker 24-8-74-3 (1w, CJ Anderson 11-1-35-1, TC Goodin 9-2-31-0, IS Sodhi 32-4-100-2, AP Devcich 7-0-19-0 (1nb)
- © Fairfax NZ News
Is cricket still NZ's top summer sport?Related story: Rain can't save Black Caps from big defeat