Volts look for big total before rain comes

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 16:53 12/12/2013

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Day one of the Otago Volts-Wellington Firebirds Plunket Shield showdown was cut short today as rain dominated proceedings at Queens Park in Invercargill.

Just 36.1 overs were bowled before rain became the major player.Jesse Ryder went to lunch 34 not out and looked in ominous form as the Otago Volts looked to build a big first innings total.

It was setup for an intriguing afternoon's cricket as a scattering of people graced the Queens Park ground to catch a glimpse of the elegant left-handed Ryder in action.

Volts captain Derek de Boorder won the toss and elected to bat first in good batting conditions.

The Volts made a solid start when Black Caps Aaron Redmond and Neil Broom got their team through to 40 inside nine overs.

However, just when there was a feeling Redmond was going to cash in he left a ball which clipped his pad and was adjudged lbw.

Michael Bracewell then followed relatively quickly for just four when he edged a ball through to Michael Papps at slip from the bowling of Brent Arnel and the home side were reduced to 45 for two.

Bracewell's dismissal brought Jesse Ryder to the crease as he and Broom settled down proceedings, putting on 65 for the third wicket before Broom was caught at cover.

Sam Wells then lasted just five balls, reducing the Volts to 111 for four.

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Ryder and Nathan McCullum got their team through to 127 for four when the lunch break was called at 1pm.

Rain fell during the break which forced the ground stuff to put the covers on.

However, it eased and play was able to start after lunch but only 4.1 more overs were added as the rain started again.

At 4pm play was officially called off for the day.

Ryder finished the day unbeaten on 39 which included seven well timed boundaries while McCullum is 15 not out.

Play is scheduled to start at 11am tomorrow morning.

- Fairfax Media

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