Another ton for veteran Canterbury batsman Peter Fulton

Veteran Canterbury batsman Peter Fulton scored his 19th first-class century on day one of their Plunket Shield clash ...
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Veteran Canterbury batsman Peter Fulton scored his 19th first-class century on day one of their Plunket Shield clash with Central Districts in Nelson on Tuesday.

At 38 years old, the runs are still coming from Peter Fulton.

The veteran Canterbury batsman scored his 19th first-class century on the first day of their Plunket Shield clash against Central Districts at Nelson on Tuesday, as competition leaders Canterbury reached 297-6 at stumps.

Fulton scored 110 from 180 balls, hitting two sixes and 16 fours before he gave medium pacer Jesse Ryder a simple return catch for a caught and bowled.

Fulton was in to bat early after Canterbury lost opener Jack Boyle in the fifth over, but Fulton and Chad Bowes set the platform with an 89-run partnership before Bowes was out for 53.

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Once Fulton was out, Cole McConchie pushed on to 70 before he left a delivery from seamer Navin Patel straight onto his stumps.

Then at the end of the day's play, Canterbury had Todd Astle unbeaten on 3 and Cam Fletcher not out on 10.

CD fast bowler Adam Milne was tight taking 3-36 from 15 overs.

Joe Walker spun Northern Districts into a good position against Wellington at Mt Maunganui, with his first five-wicket bag.

The off-spinner took 5-46 from 26.1 overs to dismiss Wellington, who chose to bat first, for 151 in 83.1 overs.

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Then by stumps ND had reached 11-1 from 10 overs.

Hamish Bennett got rid of ND opener Henry Cooper for a duck, but Dean Brownlie (9 not out) and Bharat Popli (2 not out) saw them through to stumps.

Earlier, Wellington's innings never got off the ground because they kept losing wickets.

Fraser Colson dug in at No 3 with 66 off 214 deliveries and the best partnership of the innings came between him and Tom Blundell (25) of 43 runs for the fourth wicket.

ND leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took two wickets, including the scalp of Colson and debutant, medium pacer Brett Randell, took two wickets in two balls, but Peter Younghusband survived the hat-trick ball.

Then Walker went to work cleaning up Wellington's tail and he took the last four wickets to fall.

Bad light in Dunedin meant there was an early finish to the clash between Otago and Auckland.

Otago were put into bat by Auckland, but Otago batted out the day and when bad light forced play to be called off 30 minutes early, Otago were 266-7.

It was an even day where there were a few contributions from the Otago batting card, but no batsmen went on to a big score.

The best effort of the day came from Derek de Boorder, who scored 50, but Anaru Kitchen made 36, Brad Wilson 35 and debutant Gregor Croudis scored 31.

Kitchen and de Boorder's 65 runs for the fifth wicket was their best partnership.

Sam Wells was on 46 not out at stumps and Nathan Smith was 12 not out.

Auckland all-rounder Colin Munro had captured 2-24, paceman Lockie Ferguson 2-43 and leg-spinner Tarun Nethula 2-73.

Scoreboards

At Saxton Oval, Nelson: Canterbury 297-6 (P Fulton 110, C McConchie 70, C Bowes 53, A Ellis 31; A Milne 3-36) met Central Districts.

At Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui: Wellington 151 (F Colson  66, T Blundell 25; J Walker 5-46, B Randell 2-24, I Sodhi 2-49) met Northern Districts 11-1.

At University Oval, Dunedin: Otago 266-7 (D de Boorder 50, S Wells 46*, A Kitchen 36, B Wilson 35, G Croudis 31; C Munro 2-24, L Ferguson 2-43, T Nethula 2-73) met Auckland.

 

 

 

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