Centuries to Aaron Redmond and Michael Bracewell overshadowed a handy return to first-class cricket by Jesse Ryder in Otago's runfest in Wellington today.
Despite losing the toss, Otago dominated day one of the Plunket Shield season by racking up 358-3 by stumps at the Basin Reserve.
Ryder ended 48 not out in his first competitive innings since he suffered a serious assault outside a Christchurch bar in March.
But he had to wait some time to stride to the crease on his old home ground after Redmond (154) and Bracewell (107) dominated the opening two sessions.
Last year's leading Plunket Shield runscorer with 941, former test opener Redmond continued where he left off in scoring his 14th first-class century.
He also topped his highest first-class innings of 152 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Andy McKay.
Redmond and Bracewell added 217 for the second wicket, the latter notching his second first-class century before he was bowled by spinner Jeetan Patel.
McKay was the most successful Wellington bowler with figures of 2-79, while last year's equal leading wicket-takers Mark Gillespie and Brent Arnel had no scalps between them.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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