Carl Cachopa gets his century at Nelson Park, Napier on
Monday. Photo by Hawkes Bay Today.
Seems like there is always a Cachopa in the headlines
Then again, there are three Cachopa brothers playing for
three different associations, so the odds are pretty good.
Yesterday it was big brother Carl hogging the limelight.
The 26-year-old Central Districts all-rounder has been in
red-hot form, cracking six first-class centuries since March.
His latest effort was a superb counterattacking innings of
123 against Otago at McLean Park, leading his side into the
solid position of 367 for seven at stumps on day one.
Central had slumped to 31 for three, with Blair Soper and
Jacob Duffy securing early breakthroughs after Volts captain
Derek de Boorder elected to field.
Ian Butler chipped out another couple after the lunch break
to leave Central teetering at 147 for six.
But Cachopa was in no mood to lie down. He combined in a
damaging seventh-wicket stand with Tarun Nethula, who is
closing in on his maiden first-class 100. He was undefeated
on 87 at stumps.
The pair added 122 before Cachopa was undone when he edged a
Duffy delivery to the keeper. His 100 came off 158 balls and
featured 16 boundaries. It was his third century this season.
He scored a fine unbeaten 179 against Auckland earlier this
month and began the season with a 105 against Wellington.
His missed out against Northern Districts in Gisborne but has
otherwise been in the form of his life. He has also picked up
six wickets this season at an average of 15.33.
Younger brothers Brad (24) and Craig (20) play for Canterbury
and Auckland respectively. Craig is playing in his fifth
first-class game and averages just under 50. It is early days
but he has shown plenty of promise. Brad (24) has had more
success in one-day cricket and has a hundred to his name.
Both represented New Zealand at under-19 level.
With Cachopa back in the shed, Nethula picked up the
challenge and combined with Adam Milne (38 not out) in an
equally damaging partnership. By stumps, they had added 98
from 129 deliveries.
Otago coach Vaughn Johnson was not particularly thrilled with
his side's effort.
Butler and Soper bought up unwanted centuries at the bowling
crease and Johnson said, on the whole, the bowling unit had
"We gave away far too many runs," Johnson said.
"I'm very disappointed with the way we bowled. When we had
them three for 30-odd, I thought the decision to bowl first
was justified on a wicket that did a bit. But then we just
failed to hit a good line and length consistently enough.
"We leaked runs off-side, on-side and bowled far too short
... In terms of the score, we are not out of the game. But I
don't want to see us bowl like that again."
At Eden Park, Wellington posted 380 against Auckland, with
Luke Ronchi scoring 127 from 124 deliveries and Jesse Ryder
thumping 72 from 66 balls.
Former internationals Lou Vincent and Tim McIntosh safely
negotiated one over before stumps.