Greg makes hay at ex­pense of Otago

The Southland Times - - Sport - An­drew Vo­er­man

Cen­tral Dis­tricts opener Greg Hay turned his hun­dred into a dou­ble hun­dred in their third round Plun­ket Shield match against Otago yesterday.

At Molyneux Park in Alexan­dra, Hay posted 226, his high­est first­class score, as Cen­tral Dis­tricts rat­tled up 511-6 in their first in­nings against the Otago Volts.

Be­fore he was out lbw to Josh Tas­man-Jones, Hay faced 461 balls and spent more than nine hours at the crease in com­pil­ing the sec­ond dou­ble hun­dred of his ca­reer.

He shared in a 205-run stand for the fifth wicket with Kieran NoemaBar­nett, who made 108, his third first-class hun­dred, be­fore fall­ing to Ben Lock­rose.

The Volts made a steady start in their first in­nings, reach­ing 82-2 at stumps with Tas­man-Jones on 29 and Shawn Hicks on 39 the not out bats­men.

Wick­ets to Blair Tick­ner and Ryan McCone had the Volts 10-2 in the fourth over of their in­nings, but the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons couldn’t make any fur­ther in­roads from there.

At Molyneux Park, Alexan­dra: Cen­tral Dis­tricts 511-6

(Greg Hay 226, Kieran NoemaBar­nett 108) met the Otago Volts 82-2.

The Auck­land Aces have edged in front of Can­ter­bury thanks largely to a strong bowl­ing ef­fort on the sec­ond morn­ing.

The vis­i­tors only added 56 runs while los­ing their last five wick­ets at Eden Park Outer Oval yesterday to be all out for 220.

Matt McE­wan picked up two of those five, in­clud­ing top scorer Cam Fletcher, who made 79, to fin­ish with fig­ures of 2-51, while Sean So­lia had 3-31 and Jamie Brown 3-55 – a new best first-class haul.

By stumps, the Aces had eked out an eight-run lead, sit­ting on 228-7. So­lia was their only bats­man to pass 50, mak­ing 51 with Rob O’Don­nell adding 49 and Mark Chap­man 37 in an in­nings where wick­ets fell at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

McE­wan (11) and Louis Del­port (19) were not out at the end of the day and the Aces will be hop­ing their tail wags nicely when play re­sumes to­day.

At Eden Park Outer Oval, Auck­land: Can­ter­bury 220 (Cam Fletcher 79) met the Auck­land Aces 228-7 (Sean So­lia 51, Rob O’Don­nell 49).

North­ern Dis­tricts re­sumed at 48-3 at the Basin Re­serve in Welling­ton, af­ter a rain-short­ened first day, but didn’t have it any bet­ter with the bat against the Welling­ton Fire­birds.

They strug­gled through to 127-7 be­fore there was a part­ner­ship of note, los­ing Bharat Po­pli (31), An­ton Dev­cich (0), Scott Kuggeleijn (21), and Peter Bo­cock (20) in the process – the lat­ter be­com­ing Jee­tan Pa­tel’s 819th first-class vic­tim, tak­ing him past Tom Pritchard to fourth on the New Zealand all-time list.

Joe Carter was play­ing the lone hand for North­ern in his first first­class match for nearly two years and he com­bined with Joe Walker to put on 82 for the eighth wicket and take their to­tal past 200.

Walker and new man Brett Randell were dis­missed in the space of two balls by Mal­colm No­fal, but he couldn’t com­plete the hat-trick, and Carter was able to bring up his sec­ond first-class hun­dred be­fore fall­ing for 109, hav­ing taken North­ern through to 251.

The Fire­birds were much more as­sured with the bat and had reached 152-3 at stumps.

Devon Con­way led the way, not out on 58, while Michael Bracewell made 46 be­fore be­ing bowled by James Baker.

At the Basin Re­serve, Welling­ton: North­ern Dis­tricts 251 (Joe Carter 109; Ol­lie New­ton 4-58) met the Welling­ton Fire­birds 152-3 (Devon Con­way 58no).

Cen­tral Dis­tricts opener Greg Hay posted his sec­ond first-class dou­ble cen­tury, against Otago in Alexan­dra.

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