Rutherford confident for India test after a ton
Hamish Rutherford will head into the first test against India starting on Thursday in Auckland with plenty of confidence after racking up a century for the Otago Volts on day two of their four-day Plunket Shield match against Auckland yesterday.
In response to Auckland's first innings total of 467 Rutherford led the Otago charge with the New Zealand test opener striking 108 off 107 balls in a knock which included 14 fours and six sixes before he was caught and bowled by spinner Bruce Martin.
Rutherford and fellow opener Redmond set the tone early in their chase when they notched up 55 in just 10.4 overs for the first week before Redmond went for 31.
Michael Bracewell then went cheaply and Rutherford was the third wicket to fall with the score at 169 on the back of his 108.
Otago finished the day 280 for four with Brad Rodden (34*) and Sam Wells (62*) the not out batsmen.
They will resume on day three today trailing by 188 runs with six wickets in hand.
AUCKLAND ACES First Innings
JA Raval lbw b BP Rodden 22
AK Kitchen c N Wagner b SR Wells 64
Craig Cachopa c HD Rutherford b N Wagner 25
C Munro c SR Wells b N Wagner 156
C de Grandhomme c DC de Boorder b N Wagner 83
GJ Hopkins lbw b JA Duffy 4
D Grobbelaar c MD Craig b BP Rodden 13
BP Martin b JA Duffy 26
MD Bates not out 48
LH Ferguson c HD Rutherford b MD Craig 9
Bhupinder Singh c HD Rutherford b MD Craig 2
Extras (b 1, lb 6, nb 8) 15
Total (for 10 wickets, 118.5 overs) 467
Fall: 1-63 (JA Raval, 21.2), 2-104 (AK Kitchen, 35.3), 3-150 (Craig Cachopa, 48.3), 4-343 (C de Grandhomme, 80.6), 5-360 (C Munro, 82.5), 6-365 (GJ Hopkins, 83.4), 7-392 (D Grobbelaar, 92.3), 8-426 (BP Martin, 107.1), 9-445 (LH Ferguson, 114.2), 10-467 (Bhupinder Singh, 118.5)
Bowling: N Wagner 25-8-85-3 (2nb), JA Duffy 24-5-84-2 (2nb), SR Wells 28-6-98-1, BP Rodden 15-4-50-2, MD Craig 17.5-2-92-2 (4nb), NB Beard 9-1-51-0
OTAGO VOLTS First Innings
AJ Redmond c AK Kitchen b BP Martin 31
HD Rutherford c & b BP Martin 108
MG Bracewell c Craig Cachopa b BP Martin 3
NT Broom c C Munro b Bhupinder Singh 28
BP Rodden not out 34
SR Wells not out 62
Extras (b 4, lb 4, wd 1, nb 5) 14
Total (for 4 wickets, 75.0 overs) 280
Fall: 1-55 (AJ Redmond, 10.4), 2-88 (MG Bracewell, 16.2), 3-169 (HD Rutherford, 32.4), 4-177 (NT Broom, 35.5)
Bowling: MD Bates 14-3-29-0 (1nb), LH Ferguson 2-0-21-0, C de Grandhomme 11-1-43-0, BP Martin 27-4-96-3 (1w, 2nb), Bhupinder Singh 21-4-83-1 (2nb)
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