Wellington v Canterbury, Wellington, 2nd day March 5, 2004

Walker stars for Wellington

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Day 2 of 4 Wellington 288 for 9 (Walker 73*, Franklin 62, Martin 4-90) lead Canterbury 192 by 96 runs

A solid response from their middle and lower order helped Wellington wrest the initiative against Canterbury in the State Championship final being played at the Basin Reserve. Matthew Walker, a solid servant for the side ever since moving south from Central Districts, showed yet again why he has such an important role to play in the side. At stumps he was unbeaten on 73, having toiled for 234 minutes.

His work backed up the efforts of James Franklin, who scored 62 in 236 minutes worth of sheer application that was rewarded with his inclusion in the New Zealand A team to Sri Lanka which was named today.

Michael Parlane, an infrequent member of the Wellington team, stuck around against his more attacking nature to score 30 in 141 minutes while Luke Woodcock hit 26 in 98 minutes while adding 73 with Walker.

Chris Martin, recalled to the Test squad this week, bowled 32 overs and returned figures of 4 for 90 while Andrew Ellis backed his notable batting effort of yesterday with 2 for 39 from 26 overs.