Ross Taylor made 21 before being trapped lbw. (Photo by
Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Ross Taylor's comeback tour continued at Eden Park's
outer oval today, where the former New Zealand skipper watched
Auckland take charge against Plunket Shield leaders Central
Taylor returned from his self-imposed exile against
Canterbury last week, scoring 56 runs in his side's victory,
and he again appeared short of form on the first day's play
After being sent in by Auckland captain Gareth Hopkins, the
Stags struggled to impose themselves on fourth-placed
Auckland and limped to 233 all out. By stumps, the hosts had
reduced the arrears to 91 runs and will take seven wickets in
hand into tomorrow's second day.
With most of the interest surrounding Taylor as he prepares
for next month's home series against England, the small crowd
at Eden Park No 2 didn't have long to wait to see him in
Chris Martin and Matt Quinn combined to remove the Stags'
openers, bringing Tayor to the crease in the eighth over and
with the score on 19-2. Taylor spent nearly an hour in the
middle but had just 21 runs to his name when he was trapped
in front by allrounder Colin de Grandhomme.
CD captain Kieran Noema-Barnett was the only one of Taylor's
teammates to enjoy any success with the bat, scoring 67 as
Michael Bates' 4-44 and Martin's 3-67 helping to skittle the
Stags and earn Auckland four bowling bonus points.
Auckland had less trouble on the Eden Park wicket, with
23-year-old opener Michael Guptill-Bunce being run out by
Doug Bracewell when three runs short of a maiden half
Tim McIntosh (25) and Reece Young (10) both fell victim to
Bevan Small, but Craig Cachopa (46no) and Hopkins (10no) will
resume tomorrow morning after seeing their side to 142-3 at
the close of play.