Ball triumphed over bat in a day bowlers could only dream of
as 36 wickets fell across two games at an average of 18 in
the Plunket Shield today.
Hamilton was a graveyard for both teams as 21 batsmen were
sent packing for 377 runs to leave the match in the balance,
while the carnage continued in Auckland where the hosts
claimed 10 Otago scalps only to lose five themselves before
The eventful day at Eden Park left Auckland on the ropes and
set to fall further behind Otago in third spot on the
standings. Once the dust settled from batsmen trudging to and
from the middle, the Aces held a 61-run lead at the halfway
mark with five wickets in hand.
Otago began the day on 86-0 with designs on a big lead after
bundling out Auckland for 196 yesterday but, aside from Aaron
Redmond and Hamish Rutherford's century opening partnership,
they failed to put together another stand of any real
Wickets tumbled while Redmond tied up an end, but the veteran
opener's resistance eventually came to an end two runs short
of his 13th first class century. Redmond was Dean Bartlett's
third victim and the 25-year-old tied up the tail to tally
his first five-wicket bag for his province.
Bartlett and his fellow bowlers ensured Auckland claimed four
bonus points, but they may be only consolation after the
batsmen continued to struggle.
Fresh off five wickets in the first innings, Ian Butler
grabbed another two this afternoon and Neil Wagner also
chimed in with a brace to leave the Aces in real trouble.
Meanwhile, rain may have washed out most of the first day of
Northern Districts' match against Canterbury, but a result is
very much in play after the two sides' bowlers made up for
The defending champion Knights would have been surprised to
take a first-innings lead after slumping from 125-2 to 200
all out - with wicketkeeper BJ Watling falling for eight in
his bid to put pressure on test incumbent Kruger van Wyk -
but they will resume tomorrow 130 runs ahead with seven
wickets in hand.
That's because Canterbury's batsmen found life even more
difficult on a decent track at Seddon Park. The Wizards were
in need of some magic after being reduced to 35-6, before
Todd Astle (53 from 45 balls) and Gareth Andrew (89 from 69
balls) set about rebuilding the innings.
With Canterbury dismissed 14 runs short of the hosts' total,
Joseph Yovich and James Marshall began to build a significant
lead with a second-wicket partnership of 109. But Marshall
was stumped late on for 61 and nightwatchman Brent Arnel fell
cheaply to leave ND on 116-3 at stumps.