Wizards take first innings in drawn match

At MainPower Oval in Rangiora, the skies cleared to enable the Canterbury Wizards to force a first innings result on the last day of their match against the Otago Volts, whose first innings spanned all four days due to the poor weather.

Despite the best efforts of captain Craig Cumming, who hit a defiant 106 not out over 365 minutes, Otago added only 46 runs this morning at a cost of four wickets as they were dismissed for 199 in their first innings, leaving Canterbury enough time to collect two points when they reached 200 for five after tea.

Dean Brownlie led the way for Canterbury with 55 not out while opener Rob Nicol made 46 and Peter Fulton 40.

Fifth-placed Otago remain a title chance despite the result and sit just six points behind Central Districts.

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