Nightwatchman scores 160 for Otago
Nick Beard pulled off one of the more remarkable individual performances in Otago cricket history today.
Late yesterday, on day one of the Otago Volts' Plunket Shield game against Auckland, the left-arm spinner walked to the batting crease as a nightwatchman.
When opener Aaron Redmond departed with less than six overs in the day Otago sent in Beard to protect the batsmen late in the day.
He survived the remaining overs yesterday before returning this morning to produce something special.
Usually a tailender, Beard batted the entire day facing 335 balls for an unbeaten 160.
Along with Neil Broom he wrote his name in Otago's record books when the pair put on 239 for the fourth wicket.
The stand eclipsed the fourth wicket stand by Southlanders Kevin Burns and Richard Hoskin who put on 235 playing for Otago against Northern Districts in Hamilton in 1988.
Beard's knock today also eclipsed his previous highest first-class score of 62 and he also become the second nightwatchman this season to get a century in the Plunket Shield competition.
Wellington's Scott Kuggeleijn scored an unbeaten 142 against Central Districts in December.
The Volts finished the day 217 runs ahead with six wickets in hand putting them in a commanding position to grab yet another victory in what has been an outstanding season to date.
OTAGO VOLTS vs AUCKLAND ACES
First Innings Total (for 10 wickets, 68.4 overs) 221
OTAGO VOLTS First Innings
AJ Redmond c C de Grandhomme b L Ferguson 72
DJ Broom c C de Grandhomme b L Ferguson 35
NB Beard not out 160
MG Bracewell c GJ Hopkins b C de Grandhomme 34
NT Broom c DN Hakaraia b C de Grandhomme 103
SR Wells not out 7
Extras (b 1, lb 10, wd 6, nb 10) 27
Total (for 4 wickets, 125.0 overs) 438
Fall: 1-111 (AJ Redmond, 22.2), 2-118 (DJ Broom, 26.2), 3-192 (MG Bracewell, 50.2), 4-431 (NT Broom, 118.5)
Bowling: L Ferguson 23-2-123-2 (5nb), MD Bates 24-2-92-0 (2w, 2nb), C de Grandhomme 17-5-69-2 (2w, Bhupinder Singh 38-15-92-0, BP Martin 22-8-49-0 (3nb), MJ Barry 1-0-2-0 (2w
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