Auckland and Wellington both spent long days in the field
today as their opponents piled on the runs in Plunket Shield
action in Hamilton and Dunedin.
Home side Northern Districts sent Auckland's bowling attack
to all corners of Seddon Park as three batsmen racked up
centuries and they closed day two on 530-5 - a whopping 290
runs ahead of the Aces who were bowled out for 240 yesterday.
New Zealand test player Daniel Flynn top-scored for Northern
as he made 166 - his 13th first-class century - with able
support from Brad Wilson (139) and James Marshall (102).
Wilson and Flynn's 301-run stand was the highest partnership
for the second wicket by a Northern Districts pair against
any opposition and both players passed the 3000-run mark for
the province during their knocks.
Auckland seamer Chris Martin picked up 2-102 from 33 overs,
while spinner Bruce Martin also snared two scalps as their
bowling attack was shorn of Michael Bates and Dean Bartlett
due to injury.
Martin the spinner got through 43 overs today and has wheeled
down 49 for the innings for a return of 2-194.
Even batsman Tim McIntosh, who had bowled only 37.4 overs in
his 15-season first-class career prior to the match, got
through 16 overs as Auckland looked for a way to find a
Auckland will need to spend a long time at the crease - when
they finally get the chance to begin their second innings -
to avoid a big defeat.
In Dunedin, Otago took advantage of a good University Oval
wicket as they closed day two on 570-5, 316 runs ahead of
Wellington on the first innings.
Michael Bracewell stroked his maiden first-class hundred for
Otago and nearly made it a double before he was dismissed for
190 by Mark Gillespie, who took the first three wickets for
Wellington and finished the day with 3-117 from 24 overs.
Former international Neil Broom made 134, while Sam Wells
chipped in with 48 on a day where Otago squashed Wellington
in to the turf.
Skipper Derek de Boorder (46) and Ian Robertson (27) will
begin day three at the crease tomorrow as Otago will likely
look to add a few more runs before they declare and send
Wellington back in to bat.
No Wellington bowler was spared and only Harry Boam and Ili
Tugaga were able to join Gillespie in the wicket-takers'
circle but they were expensive.
In Napier, Canterbury conceded a small first-innings deficit
as they were bowled out for 292 by Central Districts.
Black Cap Dean Brownlie top-scored for the Cantabrians with
88, while part-time international Andrew Ellis added a rapid
Central made 303-8 declared in their first innings on day one
and they went about adding to their small lead in the final
Opener Jamie How (16) and Jeet Raval (5) were both sent on
their way late in the day but Carl Cachopa and the returning
Ross Taylor closed play with Central on 77-2 - 88 runs ahead
with eight second-innings wickets in hand.
Cachopa will begin tomorrow on 33 while Taylor has 22 next to
his name and Central will want to establish a lead of more
than 300 so they can set Canterbury a tricky target at McLean
Park, which is traditionally a good batting surface.
- Daniel Richardson of APNZ