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CD openers hit back to defy Otago attack

Last updated 05:00 19/12/2012

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Otago posted an encouraging first-innings total of 427 yesterday but by stumps the Central Districts openers had taken a good chunk out of that figure.

Otago started day two of the Plunket Shield match in Dunedin on 181-4, and Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate sat poised on 88. Ten Doeschate notched up the century but was run out on 118.

Sam Wells (63), Mark Craig (63) and Neil Wagner (68) picked up from where the import left off, getting Otago through to a pleasing first-innings score.

However, that confidence slowly drained from the home side as Jeet Raval and Jamie How got into their work, posting a 107-run opening stand.

Raval went late in the day when he was caught behind from the bowling of Wagner for 47. How was unbeaten on 52.

Canterbury are facing a hefty defeat at Auckland's hands today after a poor second-innings batting display in the Plunket Shield match at Eden Park Outer Oval.

Despite taking a 98-run first-innings lead, Canterbury folded dismally for 120 through some impressive new-ball bowling from Kyle Mills, backed by tidy left-arm spin by Bruce Martin.

Between them, they captured all 10 wickets.

It gave Mills a 10-wicket haul for the match after five wickets in the first innings and an overall analysis of 10-147. Auckland made light work of the 219-run chase and were 153-2 at stumps.

Rain meant not a ball was bowled in Wellington's home game against Northern Districts. 

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