Knights rip through visitors to force follow-on

01:23, Nov 27 2013

The Central Stags were forced to follow-on in their Plunket Shield match against the Northern Knights this afternoon.

The outcome seemed highly unlikely when the hosts were dismissed for 287 shortly before stumps on day one yesterday.

But the Knights, spearheaded by Black Caps pace duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee, ripped through the visitors today for 89. 

With 150 behind being the follow-on mark, Knights captain Daniel Flynn instructed the umpires he fancied another crack at the shell-shocked Stags batsmen.

Boult cleaned up the tail to finish with the figures of 5-30 off 15.3 overs while Southee tormented the Stags top order to collect 4-39 off 16 overs.

Central resumed this morning at 4-2, having already lost two wickets to the first two balls of their innings from Southee last night.

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After Boult removed nightwatchman Ben Wheeler in the third over of the day, Southee snared the prized wicket of fellow international teammate Ross Taylor, who got to 10 before edging Southee to Daniel Vettori at third slip.

He also picked up the wicket of opener Ben Smith soon after, before Boult trapped Peter Trego lbw.

Vettori, who bowled the first over of the day to allow the pacemen to switch ends, came on after drinks and got an immediate return by having Will Young lbw.

Kruger van Wyk - last out for 28 - proved the only form of minor resistance as Boult rattled through the lower order.

That gave the Knights five first innings points and the Stags four, with the host well-placed to chase an outright win should the weather hold over the remaining two and a half days.

Fairfax Media