Kyle Mills. Photo by Getty
Kyle Mills grabbed the second 10-wicket haul of his
first-class career today to put Auckland in a prime position to
claim an outright victory over Canterbury heading in to day
four of their Plunket Shield match at the Eden Park Outer Oval.
Mills claimed 5-38 in Canterbury's second innings - to go
with his 5-109 from their first dig - as the seamer and
left-arm spinner Bruce Martin (5-45) shot out the visitors
Only Dean Brownlie offered any major resistance for the
Cantabs as he struck 39 and no other player managed to score
more than 19.
Canterbury's low second-innings score meant Auckland were in
need of 219 for victory and openers Lou Vincent and Tim
McIntosh went about knocking off the runs in rapid fashion
this afternoon as they put on 71 for the first wicket.
Vincent, a former international who played 23 tests and more
than 100 one-dayers for New Zealand, slashed 43 from 28 balls
to point Auckland in the right direction.
Once Vincent departed, McIntosh and Reece Young picked up the
initiative before Young was sent back to the pavilion for 31
after he and McIntosh had added another 54.
Auckland need only 66 runs from the fourth and final day
tomorrow with eight wickets in hand with McIntosh (51 not
out) and Craig Cachopa (18 not out) in the middle.
Canterbury will need to produce something miraculous with the
ball tomorrow if they want to bring themselves back in to the
In Dunedin, Otago import Ryan ten Doeschate smashed his 19th
first-class hundred in his 100th match as the Volts piled on
427 in their first innings on day two of their match against
Rain has threatened the game constantly at the University
Oval and there was a stoppage today but it didn't disrupt the
flow of ten Doeschate who finished with 118 before he was run
out by Jeet Raval.
Otago also received decent contributions from Sam Wells (63),
Mark Craig (63) and Neil Wagner (68), while spinner Ajaz
Patel was the best of the CD bowlers with 4-86.
Central Districts openers Jamie How and Raval then went about
racking up a decent first-innings score of their own and the
pair put on 107 for the first wicket before Raval departed
late in the day for 47.
Carl Cachopa joined How at the crease and the pair closed day
two with Central on 115-1 when bad light stopped play with
Cachopa on eight and How on 52.
Meanwhile, no play was possible on day two of the clash
between Wellington and Northern Districts at Karori Park due
to poor weather in the capital.
Wellington will begin day three tomorrow on 32-4 with Grant
Elliott and Scott Kuggeleijn at the crease and the pair will
have a big job ahead of them to ensure the home side can
avoid a hefty defeat.
Northern Districts set themselves up well in the match when
they made 403-8 declared on day one yesterday. (mon)