Big stand boosts Wellington

Big stand boosts Wellington

Auckland spent a long day in the field after choosing to bowl first in Wellington at the Basin Reserve and by the end of it Wellington were 337-6 at the end of the first day of the latest round of Plunket Shield matches on Thursday.

When Wellington were 58-3 Auckland would have felt a degree of satisfaction  while at 116-5 they were right on top.

But it was 199 runs later before they claimed the sixth wicket, Tom Blundell who achieved his maiden first-class century in his third game for the side. His best innings before was 32.

He was caught for 118 by Craig Cachopa from Dean Bartlett's bowling. The pair extended the Wellington sixth wicket record against Auckland from 134 held by Neal Parlance and J Joe Austin-Smellie set in 2010-11.

Franklin went on to be 110 not out at stumps, the 17th first-class century of his career.

Colin de Grandhomme was the bowler who upset the home batsmen earlier in the day and he finished with 3-32 from his 19 overs.

At Napier, Central Districts asked Northern Districts to bat first at McLean Park and they were dismissed for 195. Daniel Flynn scored 41 while seeing his side to 81 before he was the third wicket to fall while Scott Kuggeleijn hit 36 before falling to Ben Wheeler.

Ish Sodhi scored 29 batting at No.9 while Graeme Aldridge was 21 not out. Kieron Noema-Barnett took 3-26 while Bevan Small had 3-47 with Doug Bracewell and Ben Wheeler taking two wickets each.

Central Districts didn't find life any easier as they went to stumps on 109-5 with Jamie How's 35 a beacon of light.

At the University Oval in Dunedin, Canterbury were dismissed for 280 after being asked to bat first. Tom Latham batted for 191 minutes to score 93 before falling bowled by Mark Craig. Todd Astle added 52 down the order before he also fell to Craig who claimed 5-56 for Otago.

Otago in reply were 47-2 having lost Hamish Rutherford for four and Aaron Redmond for 28.

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