Peter Fulton became only the fifth player to make a century
in each innings of a first-class match for Canterbury as they
established a 216-run lead over Otago on day three of their
Plunket Shield match in Dunedin today.
Canterbury began their second innings this morning facing a
small first-innings deficit of 18 runs, but openers Fulton,
who ended the day unbeaten on 106, and George Worker went
about erasing Otago's lead.
Progress was slow and steady at the University Oval, as Otago
skipper Derek de Boorder kept the pressure on with ring
fields, while a low and lifeless pitch offered little for the
batsmen as Canterbury closed the day at 234-5.
Fulton, who played 10 tests, 49 one-dayers and 11 Twenty20
internationals for New Zealand between 2004 and 2009, was
dropped on 60 at leg gully but patiently compiled a knock
that included 11 fours and one six.
His century backed up the 102 he made in the first innings.
Fulton joins Michael Papps, Johann Myburgh, Gareth Hopkins
and Keith Thomson in the exclusive twin-century club for
Fulton's second-innings century was his 11th first-class
hundred and ensured that Canterbury are in with a good chance
of putting pressure on the home side on the fourth and final
Fulton, 33, was largely a one-man show in Canterbury's second
innings as no other player managed to post a big individual
score during the day, although Worker batted for
two-and-a-half hours for 28.
Former international Ian Butler was the pick of the bowlers
for Otago as he claimed 2-38 from 17 overs, while talented
all-rounder Jimmy Neesham produced 23 overs that conceded
just 25 runs and returned the wicket of Shanan Stewart.
Off-spinner Mark Craig was the other wicket-taker. He bagged
2-73 from his 32 overs.