Cricket: Timely ton for Rodden

Brad Rodden has scored a timely century for Otago A in its three-day game against a visiting side from Tasmania at the University Oval No 2 ground yesterday.

The top-order batsman posted 100 off 147 balls but was out for 101 three deliveries later.

It was a fairly measured innings but he still got the ball away to the boundary 15 times and over the rope on three occasions.

His innings helped his side post 312 for seven declared in reply to Tasmania's first-innings total of 355 for six declared.

The game concludes today but what made Rodden's knock so timely is that Otago is looking for replacements to fill in during its Plunket Shield game with Northern Districts at the Queenstown Events Centre which begins tomorrow. Six Otago players were named in a New Zealand XI which will play England in two warm-up matches in Whangarei on February 4 and 6 and will leave partway through the game.