Otago's Dutch import, Ryan ten Doeschate, plays forward during his innings of 88 not out on day one of the Volts' Plunket Shield match against Central Districts at the University Oval in Dunedin yesterday. The umpire is Gary Baxter. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Dutch international and Otago all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate
is poised to celebrate a major milestone in the best possible
The 32-year-old is playing in his 100th first-class game and
was undefeated on 88 when poor light stopped play during
Otago's Plunket Shield match against Central Districts at the
University Oval yesterday.
Otago reached 181 for four in a frustrating opening day that
saw an entire session lost to poor weather. But ten Doeschate
made the most of his time in the middle and is 12 runs short
of posting what would be his 19th first-class 100.
Otago captain Sam Wells was satisfied rather than pleased
with his side's position. With Central enjoying a healthy
buffer at the top of the competition table, he knows Otago
will need to make all the running.
"We can make up a lot of overs in the next three days if the
weather stays fine,'' Wells said.
"But I don't think they'll do us any favours with
declarations when they lead the competition by 18, so it will
be hard work for us to take 20 wickets.
"We played really well after a shaky start but we will be
looking to push the tempo of the game and make the play.''
Rain delayed the start until 3pm. Having elected to bat
first, Otago was immediately under pressure with Hamish
Rutherford nicking out for two.
It took a brilliant catch from Jamie How to secure the
breakthrough, though. The Central Districts captain dived low
to his right and scooped up the ball one-handed. Michael
Bracewell compounded the poor start when he played a
forgettable shot, spooning a catch to point.
Peter Trego bowled a lot of good deliveries but it was a wide
over-tossed one that bought Bracewell's dismissal.
Trego took one for nine from his opening six-over spell and
Lamb also looked threatening.
But rather than shrink into its shell, Otago counterpunched
through Aaron Redmond and ten Doeschate. The pair grabbed the
initiative with some super stroke play.
Redmond executed the late cut with textbook precision and
also played some delightful drives.
Ten Doeschate got to 20 before he looked comfortable but,
once set, he unleashed some brutal lofted drives through the
By tea, Otago was in a much better position at 112 for two
and had scored at a good clip.
Ten Doeschate survived a sharp chance after the break when he
drilled a drive straight back to bowler Bevan Small. The shot
was at a good height for catching but blasted its way free of
The wicket came at the other end with Redmond nicking out to
left arm spinner Ajaz Patel on 63, and Neil Broom hit out for
14 shortly before stumps.
The Black Caps' loss has been Northern Districts' gain, with
Tim Southee producing a stunning performance on day one of
his team's Plunket Shield match in Wellington yesterday.
Southee smashed 156 from 130 balls to lead his side to 403,
before picking up four Wellington wickets late in the day to
reduce the hosts to 32 for four.
The 24-year-old hit 18 fours and six sixes in recording his
maiden first-class century, and also bowled Jesse Ryder for a
Southee is playing in the match only after being left out of
New Zealand's squad for their upcoming twenty/20 series in
South Africa due to the impending birth of his first child.
After coming to the crease with the Knights on 161 for six,
Southee quickly showed his attacking intent. He raced to 50
from 46 balls and the milestone did nothing to slow him, with
21 taken from one Scott Kuggeleijn over, and he brought up
his maiden ton from just 88 balls.
He and Daryl Mitchell put on 166 for the seventh wicket
before Mitchell was dismissed for 43. Southee went on
unabated, eventually passing 150 to drive up his first-class
average of 16.
The Knights declared shortly after he was dismissed by
Kuggeleijn, as if sensing the sooner Southee returned to the
middle, the better.
They were right, with the seamer taking just six balls to
remove Wellington opener Josh Brodie. Southee struck again in
his third over, before dismissing Michael Papps and Ryder in
his fifth. Elsewhere, Canterbury's English import Gareth
Andrew gave Southee a run for his money in the
player-of-the-day stakes at Eden Park's outer oval. After
beginning day two on 126no, the No 8 batsman carried on to
post his own highest score of 180no before Canterbury
declared on 405 for nine.
The Wizards also chose to give the ball to the hot hand and
Andrew rewarded that decision by taking three balls to remove
Lou Vincent for a golden duck.
He soon sent Reece Young back to the pavilion and, with some
assistance from his fellow bowlers, put Auckland in trouble
on 58 for five. But half centuries from Englishman Phil
Mustard (55), Gareth Hopkins (96no) and Kyle Mills (61no)
pushed the Aces to 264 for seven at stumps.