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Canterbury In Battle To Avoid Innings Defeat

Wellington, Dec 4 NZPA - Canterbury are battling to avoid an innings defeat after being asked to follow on in their Plunket Shield four-day cricket match against Central Districts at Rangiora today.

Central needed just 72.4 overs to claim first innings points by dismissing a fragile Canterbury batting lineup for 171, fours runs short of avoiding being asked to bat again.

At stumps, Canterbury were 38 for two, still 116 runs behind with two days to play.

Resuming this morning on 305 for nine Central's first innings closed at 325 with the exit of Doug Bracewell, who added another 14 runs to his overnight score for a 32 off 40 balls.

Central skipper Jamie How, who scored 90 runs yesterday, had no hesitation asking Canterbury to bat again.

Shanan Stewart was the only Canterbury batsman to provide some resistance with a stay lasting just under three hours during for 65 from 132 balls.

His stand was ended by part-time medium pacer Mathew Sinclair who went on to clean up the tail and claim career best figures of three for 29.

Ewen Thompson took three for 39 and able support was provided by Michael Mason and first class cricket rookie Seth Rance who grabbed two each.

Canterbury had dug themselves into a hole at 79-6 but found some hope when bowler Brandon Hiini joined Stewart to produce a 58-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

When Stewart departed at 137-7, Hiini who scored 38, found little support and the Canterbury innings folded quickly.

Canterbury's second innings also got off to a dismal start, losing openers Rob Nicol for 10 and Michael Papps for a duck.

Johann Myburgh, 19 and nightwatchman Ryan McCone, 2, resume tomorrow.


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