Rejection motivates fiery Bracewell to stunning effort

Last updated 05:00 15/02/2013

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Doug Bracewell sent a message to the New Zealand selectors yesterday.

His stunning figures of 7-35 from 19 overs knocked the stuffing out of Canterbury on the first day of Central Districts' Plunket Shield match at Rangiora.

"Yeah, it felt like it was coming out pretty well today," he said. "There [were] still times I felt I could have bowled a bit better, but overall I'm pretty happy and to get the home side out for 252 on that pitch, we're pretty happy with that."

He swung the ball away with control, got the odd one to rear back off the deck and caused problems all day.

His best first-class bowling figures helped his competition-leading Central side into a strong position.

After dismissing Canterbury for 252, Central negotiated 10 potentially awkward overs to reach stumps at 32 without loss.

Bracewell picked up the competition's leading scorer Peter Fulton early and had three by lunch.

After a wicketless middle session, he wrapped things up quickly after tea, including picking up three wickets in his fourth over after the break to rapidly end the innings.

There were no prizes for guessing his motivation.

"I got left out of the T20 and one-day sides so that's pretty disappointing," he said. "And I want to get back in for the tests, but I also enjoy playing for CD."

Also yesterday, Northern Districts' Tim Southee, back from injury, took 4-97 from 25 overs in Whangarei, but Wellington reached stumps at 412-9.

Auckland picked up two late wickets in Dunedin, but Otago reached stumps at 118-2, only 103 behind Auckland. Fairfax NZ

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