8 Nov 2012

Broom saves Otago, Central beat Auckland

8:36 am on 8 November 2012

On the back of a spirited fight from batsman Neil Broom, the Otago Volts were able to hold on for a thrilling draw in their Plunket Shield match at Seddon Park in Hamilton, which ended yesterday.

Otago were struggling at the start of the day at 12 for two, but found hope through Broom, who stood firm and finished the day on 146 not out.

At 191 for seven, Broom was desperate for partners and it was spinner Mark Craig who stepped into the fold, coming in at nine, and sticking with the top order batsman in a partnership worth 149.

Unfortunately for Craig he fell just seven runs short of his century.

In the round's other game - the Central Stags claimed a crucial victory over the Auckland Aces, but were made to work harder than anticipated on day four of their match at Nelson Park in Napier.

Colin Munro notched a century to give the Aces an unlikely lead of 145 runs and a mini-collapse from the Stags put the match on edge, until they reached their target in the 47th over to win by four wickets.

Despite putting on 51 for the opening partnership, the pursuit was far from easy for the home side, who had many nervous moments but eventually went on to win the game by four wickets.