Above: Harry Boam batting last weekend at the Hawkins Basin Reserve
A maiden First-Class century for Wellington Firebird Harry Boam has seen his side to a score of 412 for 9 at the end of day one of their Plunket Shield match against the Northern Knights.
Inserted into bat at the start of day one, the Firebirds fought back from being 54 for 3 early on. Boam (102) and Scott Kuggeleijn (74) led the way for their side, while Luke Woodcock returned from a nasty knock from Tim Southee to make 76.
The day belonged to Boam, with the 22 year-old brining up his ton off 173 balls. It was a crucial knock for Wellington and took the sting out of a bowling attack which had their tails up early.
Southee was his usual aggressive self and forced Woodcock from the field with a painful looking blow to the elbow. It didn’t keep the all-rounder from coming back though and he was rewarded with a half century.
At the end of 95 overs the final partnership of Mark Gillespie (29*) and Ili Tugaga (4*) managed to see out the rest of the day, with the former blasting four fours and a six in the process.
It capped off a frustrating day for the Knights, who had started well but are now left to chase a total in excess of 400.
Day two starts at 10.30 am.