Wellington v Otago, Plunket Shield, Basin Reserve October 30, 2013

Wellington earns more points in draw

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Otago 534 for 9 dec (Redmond 154, Bracewell 107, Ryder 117, Patel 4-127) and 369 for 8 dec (de Boorder 95, Craig 80) drew with Wellington 403 for 5 dec (Pollard 124*, Murdoch 96) and 125 for 3 (Papps 62*)

Jesse Ryder's hundred on his comeback from injury and a doping ban was one of the highlights of a high-scoring draw between Wellington and Otago at Basin Reserve, the first game of this season's Plunket Shield. It was also Ryder's first match for Otago, after he had moved there from Wellington ahead of this domestic season.

It was Wellington, however, that took more points from the contest. They earned six while Otago made five.

Otago's top order provided a rock solid start after they were sent in to bat, with three of the top four batsmen making hundreds. Aaron Redmond made 154, Michael Bracewell made 107 and Ryder contributed 117. They were 429 for 3 before Luke Wookcock and Jeetan Patel worked their way through the middle and lower order rather quickly. Otago declared their first innings on 534 for 9.

Wellington's reply was strong too, with three of their top four passing fifty. Michael Papps and Stephen Murdoch made 79 and 96, and Michael Pollard went on to remain unbeaten on 124. They made 403 for 5 before declaring 131 runs behind Otago.

Otago weren't as impressive in the second winnings and had slumped to 178 for 6 before they were lifted by Derek de Boorder, who made 95, and Mark Craig, who made 80. They scored at more than four runs an over to declare on 369 for 8, setting Wellington an impossible target of 501 in less than a day.

Papps scored his second half-century of the game, as Wellington reached 125 for 3 before the game ended in a draw.

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  • Geoff on November 1, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Despite two comments pointing out the bonus points error on your reporting of this game 2 days ago, your match report (including its headline), match scorecard and Plunkett Shield points table have still not been corrected. The fact is that Otago got 6 points and Wellington 5, not the reverse that you are still showing. (Check the NZ Cricket website if you don't believe us.)

  • Geoff on October 30, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    NZ domestic four-day Plunket Shield competition awards no points for first innings lead. The only first innings credits are bonus points for runs scored/wickets taken in first 110 overs of each side's innings. Thus it made sense for Wellington to declare still 139 behind once its 110 overs were up, as the only other points on offer in the game were for an outright win.

  • sachit on October 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Are points awarded based on the First Innings lead ? If so why would Wellington Declare at 403 ?

  • Geoff on October 30, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Think you've got this wrong. Otago earned 6 bonus points to Wellington's five. (Not the other way around as you've reported it!).

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    The points were actually the other way around, if you want to correct that.

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