Rejection motivates fiery Doug Bracewell

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 15/02/2013

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Doug Bracewell sent a message to the New Zealand selectors yesterday at Rangiora.

His stunning figures of 7-35 from 19 overs roughly translates to: "You might have left me out of the limited overs side, but I'm not happy about it and here's a reminder of what I can do with the red ball".

Bracewell was magnificent yesterday against Canterbury in the penultimate Plunket Shield round.

"Yeah, it felt like it was coming out pretty well today," he said.

"There was still times I felt I could have bowled a bit better, but overall I'm pretty happy and to get the home side out for 252 on that pitch, we're pretty happy with that."

He swung the ball away with control, got the odd one to rear back off the deck and caused problems all day.

His best first-class bowling figures helped his competition-leading CD side into a strong position.

CD dismissed Canterbury for 252 and negotiated 10 potentially awkward overs trouble-free to reach stumps at 32 without loss.

Bracewell picked up the competition's leading scorer Peter Fulton early and had three by lunch after removing Henry Nicholls and dangerman Dean Brownlie.

A rare middle order fight back from Canterbury swung the momentum back to the home team as CD went wicketless in the middle session, but Bracewell wrapped things up quickly after tea.

He bowled Ben McCord in his third over with the new ball then picked up three wickets in his fourth to rapidly end the innings.

There were no prizes for guessing his motivation.

"I got left out of the T20 and one-day sides so that's pretty disappointing," he said.

"And I want to get back in for the tests, but I also enjoy playing for CD; they're a good bunch of guys and we've got a chance of winning the Plunket Shield."

Tom Latham was the Wizards' best yesterday, scoring a well-compiled 81.

The move to swap the out-of-form Nicholls with the equally out-of-form Shanan Stewart also worked wonders for Canterbury.

Nicholls, batting at three, struggled early, but ground out his 21 from more than an hour and a half. His contribution may not have been weighty in runs, but it did allow the strokemakers, Stewart included, the chance to come out later when the deck was flatter.

Stewart scored 61 and put on 129 with Latham for the fifth wicket.

In the other matches, Otago and Wellington are in control against Auckland and Northern Districts respectively.

Although the returning Tim Southee took 4-97 from 25 overs in Whangarei, Wellington reached stumps at 412-9 thanks largely to a 137-run, sixth wicket stand between Harry Boam and Scott Kuggeleijn (74) and Harry Boam. Boam registered his maiden first-class hundred.

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Auckland picked up two late wickets in Dunedin, but Otago reached stumps at 118-2, only 103 behind Auckland's sub-par first innings total.

- The Press

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