Double failure for Taylor in Plunket Shield
Ross Taylor's return to cricket from a knee injury did not go well today.
The Central Stags batsman made 10 and 0 in his two innings at Hamilton's Seddon Park as his side were humbled by the Northern Knights in the Plunket Shield.
The Stags just survived an innings loss within two days when bad light ended play four overs early with the visitors 169-8 in their second innings after they were forced to follow-on at the end of their first innings of 89 as Trent Boult and Tim Southee wreaked havoc for the hosts.
Taylor returned home early from the Black Caps' limited-overs section of their tour of Sri Lanka to prepare for the home test series against the West Indies.
But a patella tendon knee problem ruled him out of the Stags' opening Plunket Shield match and his brief stay in two trips to the crease today won't have done much to prepare him for the first test against the West Indies starting in Dunedin on Tuesday.
Taylor made 10 off 11 balls in the first innings before edging fellow Black Cap Southee to Daniel Vettori at third slip and perished for a duck in his second dig when gloving Boult down the leg side to wicketkeeper BJ Watling to end a six-ball stay.
The Stags appeared to have the upper hand after dismissing Northern for 287 shortly before stumps on day one.
But the Knights rapidly ripped through the visitors' first innings today after they resumed at 4-2. With 150 behind being the follow-on mark in the domestic four-day competition, Knights captain Daniel Flynn instructed the umpires he fancied another crack at the shell-shocked Stags batsmen.
Boult cleaned up the first innings tail to finish with the figures of 5-30 off 15.3 overs while Southee tormented the Stags top order to collect 4-39 off 16 overs.
The visitors didn't fare a great deal better second time around - they were still 29 runs from making the Knights bat again when fading light sent the teams from the field at 6.10pm.
Kruger van Wyk was the only Central Districts player to display the required fight in both innings. He was last out in the first innings for 28 - the top score - and led a rearguard action in the second innings to be undefeated on 54 off 85 balls.
The Knights claimed five first-innings points (four bowling, one batting) and the Stags four (all bowling), with the hosts poised to take the 12 points for an outright should the rain stay away over the final two days.
NORTHERN KNIGHTS First Innings
BS Wilson lbw b PD Trego 71
DR Flynn c AY Patel b BM Wheeler 0
AP Devcich c JM How b BM Wheeler 0
DJ Mitchell c CFK van Wyk b PD Trego 12
BJ Watling c CFK van Wyk b PD Trego 2
CJ Anderson c AF Milne b AY Patel 36
DL Vettori b AF Milne 78
SC Kuggeleijn c BM Wheeler b AY Patel 14
TG Southee c CFK van Wyk b DAJ Bracewell 8
IS Sodhi c CFK van Wyk b PD Trego 18
TA Boult not out 23
Extras (lb 14, wd 5, nb 6) 25
Total (for 10 wickets, 89.0 overs) 287
Fall: 1-0 (DR Flynn, 1.2), 2-0 (AP Devcich, 1.3), 3-44 (DJ Mitchell, 21.6), 4-55 (BJ Watling, 25.2), 5-137 (BS Wilson, 52.6), 6-137 (CJ Anderson, 53.4), 7-170 (SC Kuggeleijn, 65.3), 8-183 (TG Southee, 66.6), 9-248 (IS Sodhi, 81.3), 10-287 (DL Vettori, 88.6)
Bowling: DAJ Bracewell 20-5-73-1 (6nb), BM Wheeler 18-7-40-2 (3w, PD Trego 22-6-63-4, AF Milne 19-2-65-1 (2w, AY Patel 10-3-32-2
CENTRAL STAGS First Innings
JM How c BS Wilson b TG Southee 0
BS Smith c TA Boult b TG Southee 9
Carl Cachopa c BJ Watling b TG Southee 0
BM Wheeler b TA Boult 7
LRPL Taylor c & b TG Southee 10
WA Young lbw b DL Vettori 12
PD Trego lbw b TA Boult 4
CFK van Wyk b TA Boult 28
DAJ Bracewell c BJ Watling b TA Boult 8
AF Milne lbw b TA Boult 0
AY Patel not out 4
Extras (lb 1, wd 2, nb 4) 7
Total (for 10 wickets, 46.3 overs) 89
Fall: 1-0 (JM How, 0.1), 2-0 (Carl Cachopa, 0.2), 3-8 (BM Wheeler, 8.6), 4-25 (LRPL Taylor, 13.6), 5-26 (BS Smith, 15.1), 6-34 (PD Trego, 16.2), 7-47 (WA Young, 22.4), 8-82 (DAJ Bracewell, 44.1), 9-82 (AF Milne, 44.2), 10-89 (CFK van Wyk, 46.3)
Bowling: TG Southee 16-5-39-4, TA Boult 15.3-5-30-5, DL Vettori 8-4-5-1, SC Kuggeleijn 7-2-14-0 (1w, 4nb)
CENTRAL STAGS Second Innings
JM How b DJ Mitchell 39
BS Smith c BJ Watling b SC Kuggeleijn 18
Carl Cachopa b SC Kuggeleijn 14
LRPL Taylor c BJ Watling b TA Boult 0
WA Young c BS Wilson b DJ Mitchell 24
PD Trego c BJ Watling b TG Southee 4
CFK van Wyk not out 54
DAJ Bracewell b DJ Mitchell 0
AF Milne b IS Sodhi 0
BM Wheeler not out 4
Extras (lb 8, wd 1, nb 3) 12
Total (for 8 wickets, 52.2 overs) 169
Fall: 1-48 (BS Smith, 10.6), 2-70 (JM How, 16.4), 3-75 (Carl Cachopa, 18.3), 4-77 (LRPL Taylor, 19.4), 5-84 (PD Trego, 22.4), 6-158 (WA Young, 46.2), 7-159 (DAJ Bracewell, 48.5), 8-164 (AF Milne, 51.2)
Bowling: TG Southee 5-0-15-1, TA Boult 8-0-38-1, SC Kuggeleijn 9-1-43-2 (3nb), DL Vettori 14.2-5-31-0, DJ Mitchell 4-1-5-3 (1w, IS Sodhi 12-3-29-1