Papps leads Canterbury's strong reply
Canterbury made a decent reply to Central District's first-innings 460, ending the second day on 208 for 2 at the Basin Reserve. . Michael Papps, the opener with international experience, hit 86 to go past 700 runs for the State Championship season. Shanan Stewart, who put on 99 with Papps after Todd Astle (41) was dismissed, was unbeaten at stumps on 56 with Andrew Ellis (17 not out) for company. Earlier, CD added 85 to their overnight score, with Tim Weston hitting an unbeaten 87.
Mayu Pasupati proved his allround worth with two wickets on State Championship debut as Auckland kept Otago down to 130 for 4 by stumps on day two at Dunedin's University Oval. Pasupati's 76 had yesterday helped Auckland recover from 129 for 8 to 226, and handed the ball, he removed Aaron Redmond early and top-scorer Neil Broom (49) to finish with 2 for 23 from ten overs. Shaun Haig, the opener, hit 38 from 35 deliveries.
In the eight overs of play on day two, Northern Districts needed just 16 deliveries to get the last two Wellington batsman out but lost opener BJ Watling to finish on eight for one at the Basin Reserve. ND added 13 to their overnight score to reach 314, and Dewayne Bowden then dismissed Watling to keep some momentum going.