A five-wicket haul by Canterbury’s Logan van Beek has helped Canterbury to a resounding win over Otago in their Plunket Shield encounter.
The first change bowler claimed an impressive 5-43 as the Volts were dismissed for a paltry 173 in their second innings, well short of making Canterbury bat again.
The convincing innings and 119-run victory with a day to spare has extended Canterbury’s lead at the top of the Plunket Shield, with their fourth outright win of the season.
Canterbury started the third day of the match on 340-6 and amassed further runs to frustrate the Otago bowlers.
Canterbury captain Andrew Ellis declared at 432-9, a first-innings lead of 292 after Ken McClure extended his overnight half century to 73, while Todd Astle reached 41.
Michael Rae picked up 3-114 for Otago as Canterbury pressed home the advantage.
Van Beek then struck an early blow as the Volts lost the key wicket of captain Brad Wilson before lunch in their second innings.
The paceman quickly added the wickets of Michael Bracewell and Sean Eathorne, while Otago lost two more quick wickets as the Volts limped to the tea break at 103 for five, still behind by 189 runs.
Derek de Boorder registered a brave half century as Otago finished on 173 from 60 overs, as Ellis snared two of the last three wickets to give himself eight for the match.
AT A GLANCE
At Hagley Oval, Chch: Otago 140 in 71 overs (B Wilson 70; A Ellis 6-35, L van Beek 2-23) and 173 in 60.1 overs (D de Boorder 50, M Rippon 41; L van Beek 5-43) lost to Canterbury 432-9 dec in 113.4 overs (C Bowes 137, K McClure 73, T Astle 41, C Fletcher 34; M Rae 3-114) by an innings and 119 runs.
Article courtesy of Scott Donaldson – Stuff.