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Plunket Shield cricketers battle the wind in suburbia

Dec 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Sport

FAR from the Basin Reserve, players braced for the wind during the first two days of their Plunket Shield cricket match at Karori Park. 

Day one of the first class cricket match between the Central Stags and Wellington Firebirds kicked off yesterday.

This is the second first class cricket game to be held at Karori Park since the Basin upgrading began, and the alternative venue is holding up well despite the wind.

It is the first time Central Stag team member Ben Wheeler, left,  has played at the park.

“It’s quite a cool ground. It’s different with containers [painted in white as sight screens] at each end and waiting in a tent,” he says.

Central Stags batsman and wicket-keeper Ben Smith says that the park is windy, but good.

“The playing pitch is always good here, obviously it gets lower and slower towards the end,” says Ben.

Central Stag and Black Cap Adam Milne, right with Ben Smith (in cap),  also hadn’t played at Karori Park before.

“It’s a bit windy. The Basin grounds men are doing the pitch and it plays well.”

The Wellington Firebirds won the toss and opted to field first.

Martin Gillespie took two early wickets for Wellington, before English import Chris Woakes removed danger man Mathew Sinclair for 16.

However, Will Young steadied the ship for the Stags, reaching a milestone with his maiden century in first class cricket with 121 from 151 balls.

Despite this, Young was the last man dismissed as the Stags were bowled out for 260, just before tea.

The  Stags currently lead the Plunket Shield after four matches, while Wellington are in fifth place, having played three matches.

At drinks on the second day, Wellington have a lead of 114  runs.



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