Central Stags going well against Otago Volts

Last updated 19:03 07/02/2014

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The Central Stags made steady progress on a rain-affected day to reach 93 for 1 before play was abandoned at Saxton Oval in Nelson today.

Rain had twice forced the players from the field on day one of the Stags' eighth-round Plunket Shield cricket match against the Otago Volts. Stags opening batsman Ben Smith was just seven runs short of a half century.

The Volts had enjoyed instant success after winning the toss, when Jamie How (5) had his off stump uprooted by James McMillan in the third over.

Their elation quickly dissipated, however, when McMillan's new ball partner, Blair Soper, was forced off with a hamstring injury at the start of the next over.

Smith and Carl Cachopa attempted to consolidate and had carried the total through to 44 for 1 off 18 overs at drinks when the rain came, forcing the players from the field.

They eventually came back, having lost just over two hours' playing time. The pair continued to bat steadily together, Otago missing an opportunity when Cachopa was dropped at first slip off Jimmy Neesham on 28 at 76 for 1.

They'd added only 17 more runs before rain again forced the players off the field in the 33rd over, Smith sitting on 43 and Cachopa on 36 at 93 for 1.

They never got back on, with play finally abandoned at 5pm.

CENTRAL STAGS 1st innings

J How b McMillan 5
B Smith not out 43
C Cachopa not out 36
Extras (4b, 5lb) 9
Total (for 1 wkt, 32.3 overs) 93
Fall: 6
J McMillan 10-2-31-1, B Soper 1-1-0-0, J Neesham 10.3-2-34-0, S Wells 7-2-18-0, J Ryder 3-3-0-0, N McCullum 1-0-1-0.

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