Wellington Firebirds toil hard against the Volts
Wellington have gone a long way towards securing first innings points after toiling hard under a hot Southland sun in their Plunket Shield match against Otago in Invercargill today.
The Firebirds finished the second day 210 for three, chasing Otago's 339, with Michael Pollard unbeaten on 79 and skipper James Franklin having compiled a patient 16 from 74 balls.
The Volts started the day balanced finely on 141 for four, with Jesse Ryder (39) sharing the crease with Nathan McCullum (15).
Ryder took the attack to his former team mates and looked destined to bring up his third first class century of the season before he was bowled by Jeetan Patel for 83.
Together with Jimmy Neesham, the pair had put on 82 for the sixth wicket, with skipper Derek de Boorder (38) and Mark Craig (41) providing important runs towards the bottom of the order.
Wellinton got off to a strong start with Stephen Murdoch and Michael Papps putting on 77 runs for the first wicket.
Papps' 58 came at almost a run a ball before he was bowled by Sam Wells.
Pollard's half century was brought up in just 61 balls and included nine boundaries.
OTAGO VOLTS vs WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS
12 December 2013, Queen's Park, Invercargill
A Redmond lbw b A McKay 26
N Broom c G Elliott b M Gillespie 51
M Bracewell c M Papps b B Arnel 4
J Ryder b J Patel 83
S Wells c M Papps b J Franklin 1
N McCullum c L Ronchi b B Arnel 25
J Neesham c M Papps b A McKay 59
D de Boorder b M Gillespie 38
M Craig b M Gillespie 41
J Duffy c M Papps b B Arnel 1
B Soper not out 2
Extras (lb 3, nb 5) 8
Total (for 10 wickets, 83.2 overs) 339
Fall: 1-40 (AJ Redmond, 8.5), 2-45 (MG Bracewell, 9.5), 3-110 (NT Broom, 25.2), 4-111 (SR Wells, 26.1), 5-172 (NL McCullum, 41.1), 6-254 (JD Ryder, 57.3), 7-260 (JDS Neesham, 60.2), 8-332 (MD Craig, 80.2), 9-337 (DC de Boorder, 82.5), 10-339 (JA Duffy, 83.2)
Bowling: MR Gillespie 22-7-80-3 (2nb), BJ Arnel 16.2-2-85-3, AJ McKay 17-2-84-2, JEC Franklin 9-1-27-1 (3nb), JS Patel 19-1-60-1
S Murdoch c D de Boorder b S Wells 30
M Papps b S Wells 58
G Elliott c J Ryder b N McCullum 20
M Pollard not out 79
J Franklin not out 16
Extras (lb 3, nb 4) 7
Total (for 3 wickets, 55.0 overs) 210
Fall: 1-77 (S Murdoch, 14.1), 2-100 (M Papps, 18.5), 3-132 (G Elliott, 29.1)
Bowling: B Soper 6-0-49-0 (4nb), J Duffy 7-0-37-0, J Neesham 7-0-38-0, M Craig 6-1-12-0, S Wells 13-2-40-2, N McCullum 15-5-21-1, J Ryder 1-0-10-0