Cricket: Otago chase victory against Canterbury

Canterbury have declared in their match against Otago to set the home side a target for victory on a rain-affected last day in Dunedin.

The chase has started smoothly, with Aaron Redmond and Hamish Rutherford together and the total at 18-0.

The Volts played themselves back into contention this morning by taking four quick wickets before rain halted play.

It was during the rain break that Canterbury declared at 252 for 9, setting Otago 235 to win.

The visitors had slumped from their overnight total of 234 for 5 as Otago fought back into the match.

While the Otago bowlers shared the second-innings spoils, the most interesting dismissal came this morning when Canterbury debutant Will Williams was given out handled ball, only the fourth instance of such a dismissal in new Zealand first-class cricket, according to Radio Sport.