Hamish Rutherford made 90 not out for Otago against
Wellington in Dunedin today.
Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor returned to
cricket with a whimper today, but his Central Districts side
still took control of their Plunket Shield clash with
In his first effort with the bat since being deposed as
skipper of the national side, Taylor was caught behind for
four and left to watch the Stags reach 303-8 declared on the
first day's play at McLean Park in Napier.
Coming in at No 4 with the Stags on 64-2, a circumspect
Taylor spent almost half an hour at the crease and faced 25
balls before nicking an angled delivery from seamer Ryan
McCone through to Tom Latham behind the stumps.
Taylor's last turn in the middle was much more successful -
he scored a century and led the Black Caps to a test victory
over Sri Lanka in November before he was replaced by Brendon
McCullum as captain in all three forms of the game.
The 28-year-old, unhappy with the way in which New Zealand
coach Mike Hesson made the change, opted to take a break from
all cricket and sit out the Black Caps' tour to South Africa.
After announcing his intention to return to the national
set-up for next month's home series against England, Taylor
was left needing match practice with his domestic side before
he plays for New Zealand XI in two Twenty20s against the
He may not have managed much time at the crease today, but
that was far from detrimental for the hopes of CD. A
half-century from opener Jeet Raval set up the Stags, before
Mathew Sinclair (86no) and Kruger van Wyk (71no) combined for
a 142-run stand for the sixth wicket.
Their efforts saw the Stags in a position to declare shortly
before stumps, and Kyle Jarvis justified that decision by
claiming the wicket of opener George Worker in his first over
to leave Canterbury on 1-1 at the close of play.
Elsewhere, Northern Districts and Otago are firmly in control
of their matches against Auckland and Wellington,
In Hamilton, 22-year-old seamer Anurag Verma took 7-82 in
just his second first class game to dismiss Auckland for 240
inside of two sessions.
It could have been even worse for the Aces were it not for
Hawaii-born allrounder Dusan Hakaraia. Making his first class
debut, Hakaraia came in at No 7 and hit an unbeaten 141 to
save his side from potential embarrassment.
In reply, ND looked right at home at Seddon Park, recovering
from the early loss of Joseph Yovich to reach 152-1 at
stumps. Daniel Flynn (78no) and Brad Wilson (63no) will
resume tomorrow morning with the Knights trailing by 88 runs
with nine wickets in hand.
It was a similar story in Dunedin, where Blair Soper and
James Fuller combined for nine wickets to dismiss Wellington
Hamish Rutherford's rapid 90 not out made that total seem
rather small at stumps, leading Otago to 139-1 and leaving
the deficit at 115 runs.