Canterbury Wizards bowlers star once again
Canterbury's bowlers again led the way only for their batsmen to fail to hammer home the initiative in cricket's Plunket Shield.
After rolling Northern Districts for 176 on a bouncy, but not overly difficult Hagley Oval wicket today, Canterbury reached stumps at 131-5.
Having sent ND in and skittled them in two sessions, this afternoon's evening session was the perfect time to really make the visitors pay.
But, as ND did, Canterbury struggled with the bounce at Hagley.
The Wizards have 15 of a possible 16 bowling bonus points this season, but just one of 12 batting points.
They still lead the six-team competition and have every chance of adding to that lead with the match already well advanced.
More batting points are available for the home side tomorrow, but how many, if any, they get will largely depend on how the current pair at the crease, Brad Cachopa (19) and Andrew Ellis (8) perform.
They added 26 late in the day today to halt ND's momentum with the ball and leave the day's honours shared.
Dean Brownlie was Canterbury's best and for the first time in 28 first-class matches for the association, scored consecutive half centuries.
After scoring 83 against Wellington in Rangiora last week, he scored a composed 63 until he chased a wide ball and Daryl Mitchell had his second wicket.
While 15 wickets fell on day one, batsmen error accounted for a number of them.
Both teams lost a wicket to the first ball they faced, in eerily similar circumstances.
Brad Wilson was struck in front, on the full, by Matt Henry off the match's first ball.
When Canterbury started their innings after tea, the same thing happened.
Rob Nicol was struck in front, on the full, by Scott Kuggeleijn.
Matt Henry and the competition's top wicket taker Hamish Bennett grabbed two wickets apiece while Shanan Stewart's golden summer with the ball continued and the part-timer took 3-26.
B Wilson lbw Henry 0
D Flynn c Nicol b Stewart 50
J Carter c Nicholls b Henry 11
D Mitchell lbw Bennett 0
A Devcich c Cachopa b Stewart 48
D Vettori b Stewart 2
C Fletcher c Cachopa b Henry 5
S Kuggeleijn c Nicholls b Bennett 18
J Boult c Cachopa b Ellis 2
G Aldridge b van Beek 18
J Baker not out 7
Extras: (6b, 1lb, 8nb) 15
Total: (all out, 54.5 overs) 176
Fall of wicket: 0, 23, 24, 108, 110, 128, 138, 146, 158, 176
Bowling: M Henry 16-2-56-3 (2nb), H Bennett 11-2-30-2 (1nb), A Ellis 11-3-31-1 (3nb), L van Beek 8.5-1-26-1, S Stewart 8-0-26-3 (2nb).
R Nicol lbw Kuggeleijn 0
T Latham c Devcich b Aldridge 3
D Brownlie c Vettori b Mitchell 63
S Stewart b Kuggeleijn 8
H Nicholls lbw Mitchell 28
B Cachopa not out 19
A Ellis not out 8
Extras: (1lb, 1nb) 2
Total (for five wickets, 42 over) 131
Fall of wickets: 0, 13, 32, 104, 105
Bowling: S Kuggeleijn 10-0-42-2, G Aldridge 10-2-27-1, J Baker 6-1-27-0, D Mitchell 8-2-24-2, D Vettori 8-5-10-0.
Canterbury won the toss and elected to bowl
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