Province's batsmen fail at Basin Reserve

If this is a taste of what is to come, then best head back to the returns table.

Otago never got going with the bat in the opening day of the first-class season yesterday.

Taking on Wellington in the capital in the first round of the Plunket Shield, Otago was put into bat and limped through to 199 all out.

No-one from Otago made a half-century, with the best coming from Mitch Renwick, who scored 42, while Nick Kelly made 37.

Otago lost wickets in clusters and the tail did not wag.

Otago had made Matt Bacon 12th man and selected four players to make their debuts for Otago - Kelly, Dean Foxcroft, Dale Phillips and Travis Muller.

Logan van Beek was the best of the Wellington bowlers and took four wickets. Spinner Malcolm Nofal picked up three cheap wickets at the end of the innings.

Playing so early in the season it was a good toss to win for Wellington.

The home team was untroubled to get through to 94 for one wicket at stumps, trailing by 105 runs.

In other games, Canterbury stood tall against a star-studded Northern Districts side at Hagley Oval.

Canterbury opted to bat first and ended the day on 327 for eight wickets, as Cole McConchie and Henry Nicholls scored centuries.

In Auckland, the home team was 185 for seven wickets at the end of the day against Central Districts.



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