In the 28th match of ongoing Plunket Shield 2016-2017 series of cricket championship, Central Districts scored 200 runs in 51.3 overs. The team declared its inning after setting up the score of 200 runs. Auckland commenced its batting with a normal start. They lost their first wicket of Grey Hay, who scored 23 runs, in the early stage of their inning. The team is trailing by 135 runs in this match which is being played at McLean Park in Napier.
After winning the toss, Central Districts opted to bat first. The opening pair of the batsmen didn’t stabilise on the pitch for longer time. Robert O’Donnell (4 runs) and Michael Guptill-Bunce couldn’t give a good start to their batting inning. Glenn Phillips lost his wicket on his individual score of 11 runs. After his departure from the ground, Skipper Rob Nicol and Colin Munro played vital innings of 34 runs and 57 runs, respectively.
After this partnership was broken down by the aggressive attack of bowlers in opposite team, Tarun Nethula tried to settle on the crease and scored 30 runs. Other batsmen on the lower order of batting lineup failed to contribute majorly in the building up a big score for their team which ended up scoring 200 runs in 51.3 overs with the loss of nine wickets.
Auckland’s key bowler Navin Patel picked up maximum five wickets in the first inning. Liam Dudding and Blair Tickner picked up two wickets each while Ajaz Patel went wicketless throughout his spell of four overs. The team began its batting inning by the end of second day. Ben Smith (25 runs) and George Worker (15 runs) remained not out at the end of second day.