Knights, Volts take draw after rain
The Northern Knights and Otago Volts almost managed to create a result in just two days of their Plunket Shield match before settling for a draw.
When stumps were pulled at Whangarei's Cobham Oval today, the Knights were 30 runs short of an outright victory and the hosts three wickets shy of capturing the win.
Rain ruled out play on the first two days before some aggressive captaincy yesterday set up the chance of a result.
With Otago in trouble batting first, Volts skipper Derek de Boorder declared with his team 93-6. The Knights then quickly put on 133 for the first wicket in reply to continue to hold the upper hand but lost wickets regularly in pursuit of quick runs before skipper Daniel Flynn declared at 223-8.
Resuming today at 44-1, Otago got handy contributions from Jesse Ryder (80 off 163 balls), Nathan McCullum (55), Ryan Duffy (44) and Jimmy Neesham (34) to seemingly stave off defeat.
However, they lost their last four wickets for 10 runs to give Northern a sniff at outright victory, after veteran seamer Graeme Aldridge led the way with 4-50 and Daniel Vettori took 3-73 off 29 overs.
The hosts needed to score 154 off 22 overs but lost wickets regularly and couldn't maintain the run-rate required to produce a grandstand finish, as Neesham captured 5-65 off 11 overs.