Daniel Flynn leads from front as rain spoils day

Last updated 21:12 07/02/2014

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Rain hindered the useful progress the Northern Knights made on the opening day of their latest Plunket Shield match.

When stumps were called early on day one of the four-day encounter against the Wellington Firebirds at Karori Park today, the visitors were 169-2 in their first innings.

They were led by skipper Daniel Flynn, who continued his good recent form with an assertive 70 off only 82 balls as he dominated the opening partnership. When fellow opener Brad Wilson was first out for 14, the Knights had already reached 78 in the 16th over.

Flynn struck 10 fours and a six in his 82-ball stay, and when he was dismissed, Joe Carter and Daryl Mitchell kept the visitors on top until bad light, initially, and then rain meant there was no play possible for over a session.

The highly-promising Carter was unbeaten on 47 from 120 deliveries, with Mitchell not out 20.

The Knights are desperate to capture a second successive outright victory to keep their chances of winning the domestic first-class title alive.

At the start of the eighth round clash, the Knights were fourth on the six-team table - 18 behind leaders Canterbury - with two matches remaining following their current game.

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