Stead bewildered as Otago settle for a draw
Canterbury coach Gary Stead was left frustrated and bemused by Otago's tactics in their Plunket Shield draw in Dunedin yesterday.
Set 235 to win, Otago ended the game at 203-7 but their lack of urgency and their reluctance to force a result clearly annoyed Stead.
"It just felt like we were the only team trying to get a result. It was such a good game of cricket and to end in a draw like that doesn't seem right."
Canterbury had earlier declared at 252-9, leaving Otago about 70 overs to reach the target on a rain-affected day.
At 118-2 Otago were well on top but the momentum switched as Canterbury chipped away. Otago were battling at 185-7 with 12 overs to go.
Stead said that with Otago needing five runs an over with two strokemakers at the wicket, it made no sense for them to shut up shop.
"They just didn't show any guts to go for the win. I'm not sure what more they wanted us to do. We set them a good target and got through plenty of overs to make a game of it.
"They had a real chance to make a jump on the rest of the field. I guess they showed our guys a lot of respect which is good for them because we've got such a young team."
Aaron Redmond continued his impressive form against the Wizards. Having scored a hundred in each innings of the sides' previous match, he top-scored yesterday with 61 while another former Canterbury player, Neil Broom, scored 49.
Ben McCord was the pick of the Canterbury bowlers taking 3-35, while debutant Cole McConchie took 2-38 from 20 overs.
Earlier, Canterbury skipper Peter Fulton was able to add only another two runs to his 106 overnight score.
Canterbury were 234-5 overnight but lost four wickets for 18, including the bizarre dismissal of their other debutant, Will Williams. He defended a short ball towards his stumps, and used his hand to knock the ball away and was given out handled ball - one of the rarest forms of dismissal.
Otago do sneak to the top of the Plunket Shield table courtesy of their first-innings bonus points, while Canterbury remain in fifth place.
OTAGO v CANTERBURY
At University Oval, Dunedin (day four)
First innings 254
Second innings (234-5 overnight)
G Worker b Butler 28
P Fulton c D Broom b Soper 108
S Stewart lbw b Neesham 20
D Brownlie c Redmond b Craig 7
H Nicholls lbw b Butler 20
B Cachopa c D Broom b Craig 18
C McConchie b Duffy 12
B McCord not out 8
W Lonsdale run out 0
W Williams handled ball 1
Extras (b13, lb11, wd5, nb1) 30
Total (for 9 wickets dec, 105.3 overs) 252
Fall: 1-77 (Worker, 39.4), 2-123 (Stewart, 52.2), 3-136 (Brownlie, 59.2), 4-174 (Nicholls, 74.1), 5-215 (Cachopa, 87.4), 6-237 (Fulton, 98.4), 7-241 (McConchie, 99.3), 8-241 (Lonsdale, 102.3), 9-252 (Williams, 105.3).
Bowling: B Soper 15-6-36-1 (1nb), J Duffy 18.3-4-56-1 (1w), I Butler 17-5-38-2, J Neesham 23-11-25-1, M Craig 32-10-73-2.
First innings 272
Second innings (target: 235)
A Redmond lbw b McCord 61
H Rutherford c Fulton b Johnston 8
M Bracewell lbw b McConchie 23
N Broom c Johnston b McConchie 49
I Butler lbw b McCord 0
J Neesham lbw b Lonsdale 21
D de Boorder b McCord 7
D Broom not out 15
M Craig not out 4
Extras (b13, lb2) 15
Total (for 7 wickets, 68 overs) 203
Fall: 1-22 (Rutherford, 5.2), 2-65 (Bracewell, 22.5), 3-118 (Redmond, 40.5), 4-118 (Butler, 42.1), 5-160 (Neesham, 48.5), 6-177 (de Boorder, 53.2), 7-185 (N Broom, 56.5).
Bowling: W Lonsdale 12-1-44-1, T Johnston 25-4-67-1, C McConchie 20-7-38-2, G Worker 1-0-4-0, B McCord 10-0-35-3.
The Timaru Herald