Johnson’s talents on show in knock of 186 for Otago A

When Llew Johnson fires, stand back.

The talented top-order batter only had a couple of nibbles of success with the Otago Volts in their dismal twenty20 campaign, but he showed his full range of skills on Tuesday.

Johnson blazed 186 off 133 balls while playing for Otago A in a 50-over game against New Zealand Development at Lincoln.

He came to the crease with the "Zappers" reeling at 30 for three but wasted no time putting the bowling attack to the sword.

Johnson smacked 21 fours and 10 sixes, putting on 94 for the fourth wicket with Thorn Parkes (42) and 150 for the sixth with Jake Gibson (55).

Otago A was dismissed for 334 in the 49th over. Samrath Singh grabbed five for 34 for New Zealand Development.

In reply, the Development team gave the chase a good nudge, making 315 for eight off 50 overs.

Promising wicketkeeper-batter Curtis Heaphy top-scored with 79. Both Jarrod McKay and Jack Mockford had two wickets for Otago.

Johnson could not quite repeat his heroics yesterday, falling for 20 as Otago A was beaten by 64 runs by Canterbury A at Lincoln.

Canterbury A rattled on 356 for seven off its 50 overs, powered by Jack Boyle (146) and Harry Chamberlain (75).

McKay took four for 64 for Otago A.

The Otago A innings of 292 was dominated by Parkes who played a superb hand, unbeaten on 145, scored off 128 balls. He struck 16 boundaries and three sixes.

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