McSkimming sets up 10 wicket win

Warren McSkimming wreaked havoc on the Auckland Aces batting lineup as the Otago Volts eased to a 10-wicket win in their Plunket Shield cricket match in Dunedin.

McSkimming, 31, snared his second five-wicket haul in the match at University Oval to take five for 50, to back up his first innings haul of five for 18 when the northerners perished for a meagre 46, to have match figures of 10 for 68.

Auckland were dismissed for 281 in their second innings before lunch on the third day of the four-day fixture to leave Otago requiring just one run to complete an outright result.

They did so without losing a wicket to send the competition stragglers home a day early to ponder their predicament at the foot of the standings after six rounds.

Only Anaru Kitchen held Otago up today when Auckland resumed at 225 for seven.

He progressed from his overnight 61 not out to remain unbeaten on 89.

Day 3:

The Auckland Aces were skittled for 46, their lowest first-class score since 1877, as Otago took charge on the second day of their four-day Plunket Shield cricket match in Dunedin today.

None of the Auckland batsmen reached double figures as they succumbed to Otago's three-pronged pace attack, spearheaded by Warren McSkimming's five for 18.

Auckland's lowest first-class score came in December 1877 when they were all out for 13 against Canterbury.

They were never in danger of matching that at University Oval, but chasing Otago's first innings of 327 they were precariously poised at 32 for three when the wheels well and truly fell off. In little more than five overs they lost seven wickets, with McSkimming and Ian Butler (three for 7) wreaking havoc.

Extras topped the scoring for Auckland, the bottom-placed team in the Plunket Shield despite claiming the one-day title and Twenty20 this season, with nine.

Not surprisingly Otago enforced the follow on -- with Auckland trailing on the first innings by 281 runs.

The Auckland Aces made a better fist of things second time around losing their first wicket on 72 but the 31-year-old McSkimming was again to the fore, removing opener Jeet Raval and Auckland skipper Gareth Hopkins in successive balls to plunge their hopes of saving the match into deep water.

At the close, they were still 56 runs short of making the Otago Volts bat again with three wickets in hand and their hopes lay with Anaru Kitchen who was unbeaten on 61.

Earlier, Neil Wagner ended unbeaten on 63 as Otago extended their overnight score of 309 for nine to 327.

Day1: Bracewell hits 97 as Volts sneak past 300

Opening batsman Michael Bracewell fell agonisingly short of a maiden first-class century as the Otago Volts made light of difficult batting conditions to make 309 for nine on the first day of their four-day Plunket Shield cricket match at University Oval in Dunedin.

The 20-year-old left-hander was dismissed for 97 as the hosts, who were asked to bat after losing the toss, overcame a 30-minute delay to their innings because of a heavy dew to post a competitive total.

Bracewell, the nephew of former New Zealand internationals John and Brendon and son of former Otago representative Mark, seemed set for three figures in just his second game at the top level after denying Auckland's experienced pace attack, but fell to left-arm spinner Bruce Martin.

The under-19 international has showed promise in his two first-class starts, with previous innings of 45 and an unbeaten 34, and now boasts a healthy average of 88.

He received good support through the middle order from Darren Broom (75) but it took a rapid unbeaten 51 from Neil Wagner to get Otago past 300 before bad light ended play early.

BLACKCAPS pace spearhead Chris Martin was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with five for 105.

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