Fast bowler Trent Boult broke a 61 ball for the Northern Districts against Otago at Mount Maunganui on the first day of Plunket Shield 2018 -19. Arriving at 59 for 8, Boult broke six fours and five sixes to register his highest score in first class, improving his undefeated 52 against Bangladesh in 2013, on a day where 21 windows fell.
Boult sacked 28 of one Mark Craig, hitting the wheel for three straight six over midwicket in the first three balls. Then, he directed the next ball beyond the first slide to a limit before finishing with another six, this time farther. But two laps later, Craig took revenge when he dismissed Boult to finish the innings at 136.
The Northern Districts had the services of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, but he only managed 1, while BJ Watling and Colin of Grandhomme were fired by ducks.
Previously, Boult, Neil Wagner and Grandhomme shared eight windows to knock Otago down by 108. However, in his second innings, Otago traveled to 88 for 1 to finish day 60 ahead.
Meanwhile, at Saxton Oval, the 75 Ross Taylor helped the Central Districts to 301 for 7 against Canterbury, despite Matt Henry's 4 for 87.
In Reserve Basin, James Neesham and Michael Bracewell attacked for half a century, but Wellington only managed 255 in his first turns. In response, Auckland was 64-for-2 on the stumps, with Neesham contributing a wicket.
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