Otago's anticipated declaration never materialised with the home side losing five wickets for 16 runs to be bowled out for 177 in its Plunket Shield match at the University Oval this morning.
There is nothing like consequences to sharpen your game.
The question the Otago camp will be contemplating this morning is, how much bait should it leave out?
Otago has bowled out Central Districts for 359 and have secured a first innings lead of 154 at tea on day three of its Plunket Shield game at the University Oval.
Under-rated Otago wicketkeeper-batsman Derek de Boorder fashioned a big century to help steer his side past 500 yesterday.
It is the debate which keeps resurfacing.
Central Districts have made a good start in their bid to overhaul a large Otago score at the University Oval.
Otago opener Hamish Rutherford does not often cast out the anchor.
Three of New Zealand's fastest bowlers are vying to be the Black Caps' ''plus-one''.
Otago all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has fallen down another notch in the pecking order and has some work ahead to regain his spot in the Black Caps squad.
Hamish Rutherford has stroked a century to help Otago reach 212 for four at tea on day one of against Central Districts at the University Oval.
Jimmy Neesham's international cricket future looks uncertain after he missed selection for the New Zealand test, limited overs and 'A' sides within the past two months.
It's business as usual with the naming of New Zealand's first test cricket squad to face the West Indies at the Basin Reserve at the start of December.
Mike Davies has transformed the wicket block from an ankle-deep quagmire to eight strips of lovingly manicured grass.
Taieri has got its hands on the Jack Fraser Memorial cricket trophy.
Otago has kept the faith with its out-of-form top-order and made one change to the side which lost to Auckland last week.
The two Dunedin teams had good wins in the first round of the club Knockout Cup on Sunday.
Green Island 201 for nine beatAlbion 101 all out by 100 runs
Otago coach Rob Walter is not sure which lever to pull next.
Sophie Devine was brutal once again for the White Ferns as they took command of their Twenty20 series against Pakistan in Sharjah, winning game two by 39 runs.