Otago's plucky run chase unravelled in the space of two
deliveries but all-rounder Sam Wells tried to stitch it back
together with some brilliant hitting at the death.
Michael Bracewell has joined some pretty impressive company
and must be wishing the Plunket Shield would never end.
Auckland left-armer Michael Bates exploited the conditions
beautifully to put his side in a good position on the opening
day of the Plunket Shield match against Otago at the
University Oval yesterday.
Otago and Black Caps batsman Jesse Ryder can do no wrong on
Perhaps a draw has never been more satisfying for Otago.
Otago all-rounder Sam Wells joined an elite club when he took
five wickets and scored a century in the same innings to help
the Volts post a seven-wicket win against Canterbury in a
Plunket Shield fixture at the University Oval yesterday.
Otago offspinner Mark Craig snaffled his second first-class
five-wicket bag but the game is evenly poised, as Canterbury
posted a fighting 280 at the University Oval yesterday.
''We weren't ourselves'' Otago coach Vaughn Johnson lamented
shortly after Northern Districts held aloft the HRV Cup.
Otago has returned to its winning ways and the top of the
table, after a solid victory over Central Districts in New
The law of averages had to catch up with Otago eventually.
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