Rain forced the State Shield semi-final between Central Districts and Otago at Napier to continue to the second day after Centrals posted a competitive total of 274 for 7 in their 50 overs. Ross Taylor continued his fine form this season, top-scoring for Centrals with 114. In reply, Otago reached 23 for 1 in 3.5 overs when rain intervened.
Taylor shared useful partnerships with Mathew Sinclair and Jarrod Englefield and a 90-run fifth-wicket stand with Bevan Griggs, the wicketkeeper, who made 36. Taylor's innings included eight fours and two sixes and was dismissed by Bradley Scott, the pick of the Otago bowlers. Otago lost Chris Gaffaney early, caught by Brendon Diamanti off Lance Hamilton for 9.
The match is scheduled to resume at 10.30 AM local time on Thursday. In the event of no further play, Centrals will qualify for the final, having finished on top of the points table.