Canterbury lead ND on first innings at Hagley

Last updated 18:33 07/02/2013

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Canterbury have a healthy advantage in their Plunket Shield cricket match with Northern Districts despite scoring just 172 on day one at Christchurch's Hagley Oval today.

The Wizards then rolled ND for just 108 and will resume tomorrow with a healthy 64-run lead.

After winning the toss on the newly laid Hagley Oval pitch, Canterbury skipper Peter Fulton could have been forgiven for questioning his decision to bat first when he watched four of his team-mates dismissed before lunch.

Fulton went soon after the break for 52 - easily the highest score of the day - and his side limped to 136-9.

But No 11 Matt McEwan's pesky 27-ball 27 helped Canterbury post a far more competitive 172, though that still looked 80 shy of where they'd want to be. That was until they bowled.

ND lost both openers early and Black Cap Kane Williamson followed soon after as his side struggled at 3-23.

A brief fight from James Marshall (36) and BJ Watling (25), who put on 51 for the fourth wicket, looked to steady the ship, but Shanan Stewart and McEwan rocked the visitors' innings as they lost their last seven wickets for just 34.

McEwan took his career best figures of 5-20 from 12.4 while Stewart ended with 3-17 from 10.

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