Otago's Aaron Redmond (left) and Derek de Boorder celebrate
the wicket of Canterbury's Dean Brownlie off the bowling of
Mark Craig in the Plunket Shield match at the University
Oval yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Good things come to those who wait.
And Canterbury captain Peter Fulton was certainly prepared to
The former Black Cap became just the fifth Canterbury batsman
to score back-to-back centuries in a first-class game when he
scored an undefeated 106 against Otago at the University Oval
His marathon effort helped Canterbury (234 for five) build a
lead of 216 at stumps on day three.
The 33-year-old right-hander batted for almost six hours
before reaching the milestone.
It was not the most sparkling innings he has played but then
this was not a day when runs came easily.
"I'm pretty tired, but pleased with the innings," Fulton
"It wasn't easy to score but when you got in, you could stay
in. It was just scoring runs which was a little tough.
"But I'm just happy we've got ourselves into a position where
we can declare when we want to rather than get bowled out."
Fulton said he was keen to make a competitive declaration and
avoid batting on for too long and not leaving either side an
opportunity to push for a win.
That bodes well for an exciting finish when the match
Yesterday was not so thrilling.
Both sides were prepared to play the waiting game. Canterbury
was happy to occupy the crease and accumulate runs at glacial
pace. And Otago was happy to plug away with ring fields and
wait for a mistake. It was cricket's version of a stalemate.
Mark Craig should have claimed Fulton's wicket when he was on
60. The batsman got an inside edge but was dropped at leg
gully. Fieldsman Hamish Rutherford stayed in a crouched
position for some time lamenting the missed opportunity.
Had Canterbury lost Fulton at that stage it would have put a
very different complexion on the game.
Canterbury actually made a bright start through Fulton and
The new ball came off the bat better and there were a few
more gaps in the field. The pair added 47 in the first 14
overs and were progressing nicely.
Once the ball got a bit older and the field settings more
defensive, the runs dried up.
By lunch the visitors were 76 without loss and had slowed to
Ian Butler got the breakthrough shortly after the break.
He jagged a delivery back from wide of off stump to bowl
Worker (28 from 128). The left-hander got into position to
cut the ball but only managed to play on. It was a brute of a
ball though, and Butler celebrated with a fist pump. He had
bowled well without a lot of luck.
Likewise, Jimmy Neesham deserved some reward. He nipped a
delivery back and trapped Shanan Stewart lbw. The experienced
batsman had shouldered arms.
Dean Brownlie (7) was not so lucky when he got an edge to
first slip. Aaron Redmond nabbed the catch low to his right
much to the relief of Craig.