Cricket: Cumming heads Otago trio in NZ A squad

Three Otago players have been included in the New Zealand A one-day side to play England A in two one-day matches later this month

Otago skipper Craig Cumming will captain the side, with team-mates opener Aaron Redmond and bowling all-rounder Nathan McCullum also in the 12.

The trio will miss Otago's four-day State Championship match against Auckland in Queenstown beginning on March 13, with the England A games scheduled for Palmerston North on March 13 and March 16.

Canterbury batsman Shanan Stewart has also been named in the side for the first time since 2006.

New Zealand Cricket chief selection panel head Glenn Turner said Stewart had been selected as a middle-order batsman on the strength of recent domestic form.

Turner said the squad of 12 was picked specifically for the limited-overs form of the game.

Other squad members from the four-day games would return to State Championship play.

Meanwhile, England A took control of its second four-day match against New Zealand A in Christchurch today, racking up a 159-run lead after two days in an accomplished batting display.

Resuming on 331 for nine overnight, England put on another 15 for the final wicket, No 10 batsman Samit Mahmood the last wicket to fall as he belted 52 from 59 deliveries.

In reply, New Zealand A was all out for 243.

It lost wickets regularly, beginning with Redmond, out without scoring in the second over of the innings.

 

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