Points shared at Queens Park

The match at Queens Park in Invercargill between the Otago Volts and Central Stags ended in a draw after a rained out fourth day.

The Volts had the Stags in a bit of trouble at 95 for five after conceding a small first innings lead but were denied the opportunity to capitalise.

Earlier in the match the Mathew Sinclair hit 122 to set up the Central Stags total of 355. 

The Otago Volts reply of 330 was anchored by Aaron Redmond’s 136 while Stags pace bowler Ewen Thompson took five for 64.

Day 3: Central Stags lead Otago Volts by 120 runs with 5 wickets in hand

The Central Stags secured first innings points after bowling out the Otago Volts for 330 - just 25 runs short of Central’s first innings total.

Aaron Redmond was the standout batsmen as he anchored the Otago innings with a fine 136.  ‘

Greg Todd contributed 41 and Sam Wells 50 but the Volts struggled against the pace and swing of Ewen Thompson and Michael Mason.

Current MVP leader Thompson was particularly lethal taking five for 64 with Michael Mason picking up three for 59.

However, Otago has Cental teetering at 95 for five in their second innings and will be hoping for quick wickets tomorrow morning in the hope of forcing a result.

Mathew Sinclair (23*) and Bevin Griggs (4*) will resume on the final day for the Stags.

Day 2: Otago Volts trail the Central Stags by 253 runs with 7 wickets in hand

Prolific run scorer Mathew Sinclair’s hit his 29th First Class century to provide the cornerstone of the Central Stags innings of 355.

The Stags started the day on 92 for one and quickly go into their work with a couple of useful partnerships.

Brad Batton and Sinclair put on 186 for the second wicket before Patton went for 65.  Sinclair, who was the aggressor in the partnership went soon after for 122.

Tim Weston (49) and Brendon Diamanti (46) then put on 76 but then the wheels fell off with the six wickets falling for 26 runs.

Otago paceman Neil Wagner cleaned up the tail to finish with four for 62 with fellow opener Warren McSkimming picking up three for 65.

In reply, Otago are 102 for three, largely thanks to an unbeaten half century by Aaron Redmond.  Redmond, who has missed most of the season because of injury, will resume tomorrow on 57 along with Greg Todd who is seven not out.

New ball bowler Michael Mason has the best figures so far with two for 17 including the prize scalp of Otago captain Craig Cumming for 19.

Day 1: Otago Volts 92/1 against Central Stags

The Central Stags hit 92 runs in the 28 overs bowled in a rain affected first day against the Otago Volts at Queens Park in Invercargill.

Captain Jamie how top scored with 44 with fellow opener George Worker contributing 12.

Strike bowler Warren McSkimming ripped out both openers to finish the day with figures of two for 31.

Brad Patton (14*) and Mathew Sinclair (18*) will resume tomorrow for the Stags.

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