Batsmen enjoy conditions in Auckland
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
De Grandhomme fireworks lit up Colin Maiden
Bat continued to dominate ball in the Plunket Shield match between Auckland and Canterbury.
Through two days of the match at Colin Maiden Park 622 runs have been scored for the cost of just nine wickets with the teams reaching the midway point sharing the honours.
Canterbury resume tomorrow at 170 for two in their first innings responding to the Aces’ 452 for seven declared, a total highlighted by 125 from Colin de Grandhomme.
De Grandhomme took guard this morning on 81 alongside Colin Munro on 42 and the Aces at a commanding 372 for five.
They continued to prosper as these two extended their partnership to 202 before de Grandhomme’s 204-minute stay finished after 11 fours and one six when he edged behind off Tim Johnston.
Munro fell at the same score for 75 and the declaration followed.
Canterbury’s batsmen also found conditions to their liking as captain Peter Fulton led their response with 83 not out in just under five hours while he and opener Rob Nicol shared a second wicket stand of 152, Nicol’s contribution being a dogged 64 in 283 minutes.