Neil Wagner has helped put the Otago Volts in a dominant
picking up a five-wicket bag on the first day of their Plunket
Shield clash with the
Auckland Aces in Dunedin.
Wagner, the leading wicket-taker in the Plunket Shield for
the past two seasons, picked apart the Auckland top order
with an impressive 5-54 from his 21 overs, helping restrict
the visitors to a first innings total of 221.
Auckland won the toss and decided to bat, but fell into
trouble early on as Wagner, Jimmy Neesham and James McMillan
restricted any of the visitors' top six from scoring more
than 23 runs.
Anaru Kitchen battled his way to 74 while Bruce Martin
provided some temporary support with a quick 31.
Otago raced out to 118-2 at stumps with Aaron Redmond
reaching 72 and Darren Broom making 35 before both were
dismissed off the bowling of Lachie Ferguson.
Meanwhile, Doug Bracewell took seven wickets as his Plunket
Shield-leading Central Stags took control of the first day of
their clash with Canterbury in Rangiora today.
After taking three top-order wickets before lunch, Bracewell
single-handedly destroyed the tail as Canterbury were
dismissed for 252 in 87 overs.
Bracewell finished with figures of 7-35 off his 19 overs and
was responsible for picking up the last four wickets of the
innings with a destructive display of swing, speed and
movement off the pitch.
Tom Latham top scored for Canterbrury with 81 and was
supported well in the middle order by Shanan Stewart, who
The Central Stags reached 32-0 before stumps with Jeet Raval
(13) and Jamie How (19) at the crease.
At the Cobham Oval in Whangarei, Tim Southee picked up four
wickets in his much-anticipated return to cricket for the
Southee missed the Black Caps' tour of South Africa firstly
for the birth of his first child and then a thumb injury, but
came through unscathed today, picking up 4-97 from his 24
overs, as the Wellington Firebirds reached 412-9 at stumps.
For Wellington, Harry Boam scored 102, while Scott Kuggeleijn
helped out in the middle order with a tidy innings of 74.
- Steven Holloway of nzherald.co.nz