It did not take long for the final rites to be read on
Otago's game against Central in Napier yesterday.
Central wrapped up the simplest of 10-wicket victories within
about 40 minutes at McLean Park. Resuming on 237 for eight in
its second innings, a lead of just 18, Otago lasted just two
more overs before being dismissed for 239.
Mark Craig failed to add to his overnight score (20) when he
was caught by Jeet Raval off the bowling of Andrew Mathieson.
Jacob Duffy was left eight not out when Blair Soper became
Mathieson's fifth victim. It was a maiden five-wicket bag for
the 23-year old seamer in his fifth match.
Needing just 21 to win, Central reached the target in the
Otago will stay in the North Island to prepare for its next
Plunket Shield game, against Auckland.
Rain prevented play yesterday in the Auckland v Wellington
match on Eden Park's outer oval, meaning the match finished
with Wellington (145 for two) needing another 133 runs to
make Auckland bat again and the home side seeking eight
wickets for victory.
- STAFF REPORTER AND APNZ