Neil Wagner helps Otago beat Wellington by innings and 138-runs in Plunket Shield

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  • Neil Wagner helps Otago beat Wellington by innings and 138-runs in Plunket Shield

Neil Wagner helps Otago beat Wellington by innings and 138-runs in Plunket Shield

A superb performance by left-arm seamer Neil Wagner helped Otago win their Plunket Shield match against Wellington by an innings and 138 runs on Wednesday. The match was played at the Queenstown Events Centre in New Zealand.

Otago captain Craig Cumming won the toss and chose to bat first on a flat pitch. His team didn’t disappoint at all, as the hosts amassed 441 runs for the loss of eight wickets before they declared the innings. Wicketkeeper batsman Derek de Boorder batted brilliantly and scored an unbeaten 122 runs for his team, while Cumming also played a superb knock of 91.

Andy McKay was the pick of the bowlers for Wellington, as he grabbed three wickets whereas Ili Tugaga took two.

Wellington lost their opener Stephen Murdoch early in the innings. He managed to score just six runs before he was undone by an in-dipper form Darren Broom. This brought Harry Boam to the crease. He along with Stewart Rhodes batted sensibly, guiding the visitors to 112 with an 89-run partnership.

The Wellington first-drop wasn’t able to carry onto the start he got to his innings, as he was dismissed for 35 off 122 balls. He played steadily, but would have liked to score a big one for his team. Boam’s wicket was followed by the dismissal of captain Grant Elliot, who was sent back to the pavilion after adding just one run to the total.

The visitors were 136 for three at one stage, but they lost six batsmen without adding a single run to the total after that. All of a sudden, the team was in tatters with nine down for 136, courtesy a thunderous spell from Neil Wagner.

The South African born seamer took five wickets in just one over. His first victim was the well set opener Rhodes, who got out after scoring 77 runs. Four other batsmen fell for a duck after that and Wellington were bundled out for 148 in their first innings.

Wagner was in lightning form, as he took a career-best six wickets in the innings. Warren McSkimming also bowled well, taking two wickets for his team.

Following on, the visitors weren’t able to recover from the shock of their first innings slump, and were bowled out for 155 runs. None of the batsmen were able to threaten the home team’s bowlers. Elliot was the innings top scorer with 61 runs, but he failed to help his team avoid an innings defeat.

The second highest score came from the bat of tail-enders McKay and Mark Gillespie, who scored 21 runs each.

Ian Butler and Neil Wagner took three wickets apiece in the Wellington second innings. Apart from them, Mark Craig also did a good job, picking up two wickets.