Plunket Shield 2016-17 March 1, 2017

Canterbury go top after Bowes' 149 secures final-session win

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File photo - The 24-year-old Chad Bowes' match-winning 149 was his third first-class century © Getty Images

Chad Bowes followed up a two-ball duck in the first innings with a match-winning 149 against Wellington to take Canterbury to the top of the table. The seven-wicket win, chasing 324 at Basin Reserve, arrived during the final session of the match. This after Matt Henry's four wickets (match haul of 9 for 137) helped dismiss Wellington for 269 early on the last day. Bowes' 149 (25 fours, one six) took Canterbury to 236 before he was out, following which unbeaten knocks from Henry Nicholls (71) and Cole McConchie (47) steered them home.

Canterbury overcame a first-innings deficit of 54 runs in their win. After half centuries from Michael Papps (76) - who also scored his 11,000th first-class run - and Hamish Marshall (69) helped Wellington to 297 in the midst of a Henry five-for, they returned strongly to bowl out Canterbury for 243. A lone hand from Peter Fulton (79) displayed some resistance for Canterbury in the first innings even as Anurag Verma's four wickets crippled the visitors. Wellington's 269 - Stephen Murdoch top scored with 56 - set Canterbury the stiff target of 324 to chase on the final day, but Bowes, Nicholls and McConchie were up to the challenge.

Colin Munro was told by New Zealand coach Mike Hesson to return to the Plunket Shield and regain confidence after a difficult start to the year. He responded in magnificent fashion for Auckland at Colin Maiden Park, with barnstorming twin centuries, the 11th and 12th of his career: a first innings 146 off 109 balls followed by 142 off 103 deliveries. The opening day had been abandoned due to a damp area on the pitch and although Central Districts, who are at the bottom of the points table, tried to manufacture a result by declaring behind on the third day, the match petered out to a draw.

But it was a memorable few days for Munro, who had made seven single-figure scores in ten previous innings in 2017. Though there was a T20 century included against Bangladesh, his lack of consistency had been highlighted by Hesson following a first-ball duck in the T20 against South Africa. When play began on the second day, Munro scored an 84-ball hundred and added 210 for the fourth wicket with Rob Nicol (86) to take Auckland to 385 for 5 declared. Central Districts fell to 66 for 5 in reply, but Tom Bruce's unbeaten 127 enabled them to pull out 129 behind. Munro then got going again, racing to a 60-ball century and took his match tally to 12 sixes. The declaration finally came with a lead of 389 but less than two sessions remained and a result was never on.

Anaru Kitchen followed up his 143 not out in the Ford Trophy against Northern Districts three weeks ago with another unbeaten century against them to take Otago to a five-wicket win in the Plunket Shield. This was Otago's first win in the Plunket Shield and lifted them out of bottom place. Kitchen's unbeaten 120 came in a chase of 289 that was set up primarily by BJ Watling's 96 and Joe Walker's 87 at No. 9, after Northern Districts had been reduced to 0 for 3 and, subsequently, 61 for 5 in their second innings. The pair put on 91 for the eighth wicket, and Walker then added 64 for the ninth with James Baker to lift them to 286.

Otago's bowlers all chipped in with wickets, although Nathan Smith followed up his first-innings five-for with only one in the second. This after Scott Kuggeleijn's 5 for 68 had inflicted a collapse that saw Otago fall from 242 for 4 to 276 all out and concede a lead of 2. Kitchen struck 76 in the first innings and put on 138 for the fifth wicket with Derek de Boorder (89). De Boorder fell cheaply in the chase, but his wicket was followed by partnerships of 86 and 85, and opener Brad Wilson's 74 played the supporting act to Kitchen's 120 off 146, as they completed the win in the 74th over.

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  • cricfan4668340314 on March 3, 2017, 4:48 GMT

    Colin Munro should bat at no 3 in odi like t 20. Then he can rotate his strike and surely will do great batting.

  •   Cricinfouser on March 2, 2017, 8:09 GMT

    @prog_dog I can't recall a single List A or First Class game in Worker's career where he has even filled in at keeper let alone been selected as one. You apparently aren't familiar with him at all outside of looking at a statline because he's not a test or first class wicketkeeper no matter how much you want to pretend.

    Your revised team is slightly better without Munro, but still rubbish. What has Latham done to deserve being dropped for either (let alone both) of Brownlie & Worker as a test opener? He's a superior player to both of them. Raval is more debatable but has shown enough to deserve persevering with over those other two who at best have an equal claim on the past few years of domestic form. De Grandhomme should be out of there too, I think medium term his debut bowling performance will prove to be terrible for NZ cricket as he's taking up a slot that he's simply not capable of fillling.

  • Prog_dog on March 1, 2017, 19:49 GMT

    @cricinfouser, pump the breaks mate, no need for attacks. Worker is actually quite handy with the gloves, though I would probably change that setup slightly and have Guptil batting at 5, Worker opening with Brownlie and BJ Watling at 6 (wk) and drop Munro. As long as Nichols doesn't get yet another chance to fumble his way to a rare 50 then I am happy. Good to see some decent prospects around NZ domestic.

  • JackBaurPlaysCricket on March 1, 2017, 8:39 GMT

    All I can say is thank God none of you lot are selectors.

    HAMANAR - this is an accurate comment.

  •   Cricinfouser on March 1, 2017, 7:44 GMT

    @Prog_Dog selecting Worker as a test wicketkeeper shows how little you know about him and NZ first class cricket. He's an opening batsman and part time spinner - you have him batting at 6 and wicketkeeping.

    In saying that, he's a better test prospect than that embarrassing slogger Munro who can bully domestic medium pacers but is horribly exposed at the next level.

  • hamanar on March 1, 2017, 4:18 GMT

    Munro is probably a victim of having taken part in that horrible test in SA. Lots more batsmen than Munro failed in that match from memory.

  • pauln2 on March 1, 2017, 2:25 GMT

    Munro might be a brute at domestic level but he's played a string of ghastly shots in higher grades of cricket this season - and often in the first couple of balls, against better bowlers than he faces here. Yes he can hit the ball a mile, but he doesn't show much judgement. Improve that and he's on his way. Until then he'll be limited to flogging mediocre attacks around New Zealand provincial grounds. Agree Nicholls needs to deliver at test level - and this series is a challenge, no question - but I've not seen enough from Bruce to be clamouring for his inclusion just yet. He's getting there, but same comments apply - the bowling at first-class level is not quite the same as at test level.

  • Prog_dog on March 1, 2017, 0:33 GMT

    @KEEPCALM I agree, I hope to hell that Nichols doesn't get selected again, he struggles for every run he gets and looks uncomfortable 90% of the time. My preferred Test side would be:

    1)Latham 2)Guptil 3)Williamson 4)Taylor 5)Munro 6)Worker (wk) 7)Santner 8)de Grandhomme 9)Southee 10)Wagner/Sodhi 11)Boult

    That would give us some depth in the batting, Worker would be a better fit than Ronchi, Munro batting at 5, Kane can bowl some spin if needed. Almost everyone in that line up can score some runs at least the first 6 can. South/Wags/Boult is plenty of fire for test, Grand, Santner and Kane can bowl added overs.

    I would have the exact same line up for ODI's except take out Latham and replace him with Brownlie. Possibly replace Worker with Tom Blundell or Glenn Phillips for ODI.

  • Patchmaster on February 28, 2017, 23:06 GMT

    Worker, Munro and Bruce. One of them should be getting a run instead of 'band aid' Anderson. Too many injuries, not his fault, but you just have to pick the best team.

  • NZcampbell on February 28, 2017, 20:07 GMT

    For the insanity below - Broom was picked on form, and delivered against Australia and Bangladesh. Nicholls shouldn't play international cricket. They could give Munro a go in tests, but damn, his limited overs form to date makes that a very tough ask in the eyes of fans. Anyone saying he's our cleanest hitter has at least 5 people pointing at his horrendous 2017 to date, and very mediocre 2016.

    Let alone, he can't be the cleanest hitter. His record suggests otherwise.

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