Otago, Central Districts clash ends in a draw

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 18:51 23/12/2013

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The Otago Volts went ever so close to what would have been an exciting win on the final day of their four-day Plunket Shield game against Central Districts in Dunedin today.

The Volts began the day 371 for eight with a handy 116 run first innings lead over Central.

The tail pushed that out to a 127 run lead before they lost their final first innings wicket this morning.

It meant the Volts bowlers needed to make inroads into the Central batting lineup to put them in a position for victory.

When Central knocked off the deficit with the loss of three wickets a draw looked likely.

The talented Will Young was the rock in the Central batting lineup as the youngster fell agonisingly short of his second first-class century when Jimmy Neesham picked him up on 99.

Young's wicket was the start of a mini-collapse as the visitors went from 226 for six to 231 for nine in double quick time.

With Central having just the one wicket in handy and just a 104 run lead with close 20 overs remaining in the day the Volts smelt blood.

However Central's No 10 and No 11, Adam Milne and Ajaz Patel, proved stubborn and seen out 11 overs to effectively end the home team's hopes.

With eight overs remaining in the day the game was called off and they had to settle on a draw.

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