An aggressive approach paid off as Wellington made a strong start to their Plunket Shield cricket match against Auckland at Eden Park today.
The Firebirds scored at around a run a minute to make 380 on the Outer Oval.
Auckland were 0-0 at stumps, having had to face one over before the end of the opening day.
The Firebirds’ innings was built around Luke Ronchi’s 127. He scored his century off just 106 balls and he eventually hit 21 fours and a six before he was caught behind off Colin de Grandhomme for 127.
Having lost the toss and been told to bat, the Firebirds were in early trouble with both openers out by 31.
Jesse Ryder had a good return to form with 72 off 66 balls to get things under way and Ronchi simply carried on.
Left-arm quick Mitchell McClenaghan finished with 4-90 to be the best of the Auckland bowlers.
AUCKLAND ACES v WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
WELLINGTON First Innings
JM Brodie lbw b MD Bates 17
MHW Papps b MJ McClenaghan 9
SJ Murdoch c GJ Hopkins b MJ McClenaghan 25
JD Ryder c GJ Hopkins b MJ McClenaghan 72
GD Elliott lbw b C Munro 13
L Ronchi c GJ Hopkins b C de Grandhomme 127
CR Woakes b C Munro 47
HKP Boam c TG McIntosh b MD Bates 31
SC Kuggeleijn c MD Bates b MJ McClenaghan 9
MR Gillespie c MD Bates b BP Martin 22
DS Hutchinson not out 0
Extras (b 4, nb 4) 8
Total (for 10 wickets, 95.2 overs) 380
Fall: 1-13 (MHW Papps, 4.4), 2-31 (JM Brodie, 12.2), 3-123 (SJ Murdoch, 32.2), 4-134 (JD Ryder, 34.5), 5-182 (GD Elliott, 45.4), 6-284 (CR Woakes, 69.4), 7-333 (L Ronchi, 77.5), 8-347 (SC Kuggeleijn, 84.6), 9-380 (HKP Boam, 94.2), 10-380 (MR Gillespie, 95.2)
Bowling: MJ McClenaghan 21-3-90-4, KD Mills 20-6-57-0 (4nb), MD Bates 11-2-50-2, C Munro 12-1-48-2, BP Martin 22.2-5-80-1, C de Grandhomme 9-1-51-1
AUCKLAND First Innings
TG McIntosh not out 0
L Vincent not out 0
Extras (lb 0, nb 0) 0
Total (for 0 wickets, 1.0 over) 0
Bowling: MR Gillespie 1-1-0-0