Auckland onslaught stalls Canterbury Wizards

GEOFF LONGLEY
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2012

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Canterbury is facing a hefty defeat at Auckland's hands today after a miserable second innings batting display in the Plunket Shield match at Eden Park No2 yesterday.

Despite taking a 98-run first innings lead, the Wizards folded dismally before some impressive new-ball bowling from Kyle Mills backed by tidy left-arm spin by Bruce Martin. The pair captured all 10 wickets between them.

Mills made the early inroads getting three; Martin then extracted the middle order before Mills mopped up the tail. It gave Mills a 10- wicket haul for the match after five wickets in the first innings and an overall analysis of 10 for 147.

The only significant resistance came from Dean Brownlie with 39 before being seventh out as the innings shrivelled in only 43.2 overs.

Auckland made light of the 219 run target, being kick-started by a rollicking 43 in just 28 balls from Lou Vincent who struck six fours and two sixes.

He and Tim McIntosh added 71 for the first wicket before Reece Young contributed 31 and McIntosh hoisted his half century just before stumps leaving Auckland needing just 66 with eight wickets in hand to win.

Earlier, the Wizards rolled Auckland but not before Gareth Hopkins brought up his 15th first-class century and he and Mills extended their eighth wicket partnership to 145. Ryan McCone bowled Mills to pick up his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and the Auckland innings was quickly wrapped up for 307.

In the other matches, which both started a day behind the Canterbury-Auckland match, rain meant not a ball was bowled in the Wellington-Northern Districts game while, in Dunedin, Otago are well placed against Central Districts.

In his 100th first-class match, Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate scored his 19th first-class century and his 118, plus 68 and 63 from Neil Wagner and Mark Craig respectively, helped the Volts through to 427. At stumps last night CD were 115-1 in reply.

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