Otago-CD clash meanders to a draw

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Last updated 16:39 20/12/2012

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The final day of the Otago-Central Districts Plunket Shield fixture crawled to a draw today as Otago had few problems fighting any slim hope Central Districts had of running through them this morning.

Otago began play today 37 for one and only a flurry of wickets this morning would have put them in doubt of losing this fixture outright.

Night-watchman Neil Wagner improved his credentials as a useful batsman when he dug his heels in scoring 68 in a 157-ball stay, while Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate backed up his first innings hundred with an unbeaten 54 in what was his 100th first-class match.

With the game meandering at the tea break it was decided to call time on proceedings and accept the match would be drawn.

First innings points firms up Central Districts place at the top of the table and they can thank veteran Mathew Sinclair's 36th first-class century for doing so.

His knock of 142 was the key factor in Central Districts passing Otago's first innings total of 427.

Both teams will take a break from first class through to January 24.

The focus will now switch solely to the Twenty20 format which will be played through to January 20.

The Volts next fixture will be against Wellington in Dunedin starting at 2pm on Sunday.

For Central Districts they will play Wellington in Wellington on Boxing Day.

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