Ruther­ford, Raval score cen­turies

Taranaki Daily News - - Family Notices -

After an open­ing day where bowlers had prof­ited at Bay Oval, Hamish Ruther­ford struck back on be­half of bats­men ev­ery­where, scor­ing the first cen­tury of the Plun­ket Shield sea­son – a feat matched by Jeet Raval later in the day.

Ruther­ford’s 115 runs were seven more than his Otago team man­aged in their first in­nings against Northern Dis­tricts, and 54 more than any­one else had man­aged across two days in Mt Maun­ganui.

They were com­piled against an at­tack that fea­tured four Black Caps – Trent Boult, Neil Wag­ner, Colin de Grand­homme and Ish Sodhi – and helped Otago set ND 204 to win.

Rain ar­rived late in the af­ter­noon and brought an early end to pro­ceed­ings, at which point the hosts were 52-1, hav­ing made a solid start to their quest.

Daniel Flynn fell early, caught by Mark Craig in the slips off the bowl­ing of Ja­cob Duffy for 4, but fel­low opener Henry Cooper and Black Caps cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson got stuck into their work.

Cooper was on 14 off 37 balls, while Wil­liamson was on 28 off 55, when the rain came.

Ear­lier, Otago had re­sumed at 88-1, but lost Shawn Hicks for 47 two balls into the day.

Ruther­ford had lit­tle in the way of com­pany un­til Christi Viljoen added 33 at No 9.

The pair put on a valu­able 59 for the eighth wicket, with Otago in trou­ble at 148-7, hav­ing lost six wick­ets for the ad­di­tion of just 50 runs.

Neil Wag­ner was the pick of the ND bowlers, in his de­but for the as­so­ci­a­tion, fin­ish­ing with 4-75.

Rain de­layed the start of play at the Basin Re­serve in Welling­ton, where the Auck­land Aces re­sumed at 64-2, after the hosts were dis­missed for 255 in their first in­nings.

Play be­gan after an early lunch break, but the Aces only added 23 runs to their overnight score be­fore rain re­turned.

More ac­tion was pos­si­ble after an early tea break. Night­watch­man Matt McEwan was dis­missed for 15, but Jeet Raval and Rob O’Don­nell came to­gether for a 107-run stand that ap­peared to have set the Aces up nicely.

Raval was dis­missed for 102, caught by Devon Con­way at silly point on his sec­ond at­tempt, but would have been glad to get the time in the mid­dle ahead of the Black Caps’ test se­ries with Pak­istan next month.

O’Don­nell car­ried on but fell for 73, caught in the slips off Hamish Ben­nett in the first over with the new ball – the penul­ti­mate over of the day.

Debu­tant Graeme Beghin and a new night­watch­man, Wil­liam Somerville, were to­gether at stumps, on 18 and 0 re­spec­tively, with Auck­land 230-5, 25 runs be­hind. Per­sis­tent rain yes­ter­day meant there was no play at Sax­ton Oval in Nel­son, where the Cen­tral Stag were 301-7 overnight, hav­ing been sent in by Can­ter­bury.

There was set to be more rain overnight, though it is ex­pected to clear this af­ter­noon.

An­drew Vo­er­man an­drew.vo­er­man@stuff.co.nz

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