Martin Guptill in red-hot form for Auckland Aces
Auckland Aces opener Martin Guptill reminded the national selectors of his talents when he scored an unbeaten 135 on day two of a Plunket Shield cricket match against the Central Districts Stags in Napier today.
Guptill's century, his eighth in first class cricket, was invaluable for an Auckland side on the backfoot after Central had made 467 batting first.
With 17 fours, Guptill's innings stod out like a beacon with few of his Auckland teammates staying around for too long. Guptill and Colin Munro put on 89 for the fourth wicket, the most profitable stand for the Aces.
The wickets were shared around between the Central bowlers with Doug Bracewell, Ben Wheeler and Ajaz Patel all taking two.
Earlier, Central resumed their first innings at 382-7, with the highlight being a fighting 68 from Wheeler batting at No 10. His 50 came up off 48 balls and his innings included one six and nine fours. The late rally capped off the good work done on day one by English import who scored 141 - his highest score for Central beating his previous best of 140 scored at New Plymouth's Pukekura Park.
Mitchell McClenaghan was the best of the Auckland bowlers with 3-110/
CENTRAL STAGS vs AUCKLAND ACES
December 12, 2013
Nelson Park, Napier
JM How b MJ McClenaghan 59
BS Smith b C de Grandhomme 19
Carl Cachopa lbw b C de Grandhomme 0
WA Young c C de Grandhomme b MJ McClenaghan 7
K Noema-Barnett c GJ Hopkins b DJ Bartlett 6
PD Trego c GJ Hopkins b MJ McClenaghan 141
CFK van Wyk b MD Bates 83
DAJ Bracewell c TG McIntosh b MD Bates 25
AF Milne c C de Grandhomme b DJ Bartlett 13
BM Wheeler b BP Martin 68
AY Patel not out 9
Extras (b 20, lb 5, wd 2, nb 10) 37
Total (for 10 wickets, 117.2 overs) 467
Fall: 1-75 (BS Smith, 25.3), 2-75 (Carl Cachopa, 25.6), 3-93 (JM How, 33.6), 4-98 (WA Young, 37.5), 5-122 (K Noema-Barnett, 43.2), 6-340 (CFK van Wyk, 86.5), 7-340 (PD Trego, 87.2), 8-382 (DAJ Bracewell, 96.6), 9-422 (AF Milne, 106.6), 10-467 (BM Wheeler, 117.2)
Bowling: MJ McClenaghan 31-6-110-3 (2w, MD Bates 26-7-95-2, DJ Bartlett 20-2-79-2 (5nb), BP Martin 26.2-6-90-1 (5nb), C de Grandhomme 10-0-42-2, JA Raval 4-0-26-0
JA Raval lbw b DAJ Bracewell 12
MJ Guptill not out 135
TG McIntosh c K Noema-Barnett b BM Wheeler 0
Craig Cachopa c K Noema-Barnett b BM Wheeler 10
C Munro b AY Patel 51
C de Grandhomme c CFK van Wyk b AF Milne 0
GJ Hopkins c CFK van Wyk b DAJ Bracewell 27
BP Martin lbw b AY Patel 20
MD Bates not out 3
Extras (b 3, lb 3, wd 1, nb 8) 15
Total (for 7 wickets, 71.0 overs) 273
Fall: 1-28 (JA Raval, 8.6), 2-33 (TG McIntosh, 11.2), 3-58 (Craig Cachopa, 19.6), 4-147 (C Munro, 36.6), 5-150 (C de Grandhomme, 37.4), 6-204 (GJ Hopkins, 53.4), 7-251 (BP Martin, 61.2)
Bowling: DAJ Bracewell 16-2-71-2 (1w, 1nb), BM Wheeler 13-0-40-2 (2nb), AF Milne 12-0-53-1 (4nb), PD Trego 9-0-40-0 (1nb), AY Patel 11-0-32-2, K Noema-Barnett 7-3-20-0, Carl Cachopa 3-0-11-0