Canterbury v Otago Volts at Hagley Oval, Christchurch


On paper it looked like a mismatch, but day one of the first-class cricket season in Christchurch produced plenty of surprises…

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First innings batting bonus points, Canterbury 0, Otago Volts in progress
First innings bowling bonus points, Otago Volts 4 (maximum achieved), Canterbury 1 (in progress)

Former Aces skipper Rob Nicol made his captaincy and cap debut for the Otago Volts
Cole McConchie made his captaincy debut for Canterbury
Former Firebird Michael Pollard made his cap debut for Canterbury, top-scoring with a half century
ND loan player Brett Hampton made his cap debut for Canterbury
Blake Coburn and 2016/17 First XI Cup player of the tournament Fraser Sheat made their first-class and Canterbury debuts
Blake Coburn and Fraser Sheat took their maiden first-class wickets
Jacob Duffy, who debuted for the Volts as an Invercargill schoolboy, reached 100 first-class career wickets when he dismissed Jack Boyle (including matches played for New Zealand A) and 100 first-class wickets for the Otago Volts when he dismissed Michael Pollard
The Volts resume on day two at 63 for three, Canterbury currently leads on the first innings by just 93 runs.


Wellington Firebirds v Auckland Aces at Basin Reserve, Wellington


While New Zealand’s most experienced first-class cricketer delivered the first century of the new season, it was the team’s newest cap stealing world headlines with a rare triple wicket maiden on debut…

Detailed match summary


First innings batting bonus points, Aces 0, Firebirds 1 (in progress; just 4 more runs are required this morning for a second bonus point)
First innings bowling bonus points, Firebirds 4 (maximum achieved); Aces 0 (in progress)


Ollie Newton, a 29-year-old who has previously played just one white-ball match for the Firebirds, made his first-class debut and claimed a wicket with his first ball, one of only seven New Zealand players in history to have done so
Newton’s first over read “W.WW..” i.e. a triple wicket maiden on debut. It is understood to have been the most outstanding first-class debut over in world cricket since Ralph Phillips took a hat-trick in his first over for South Africa’s Border against Eastern Province in 1939/40 [statistic courtesy of Francis Payne]
Playing his 20th season, Michael Papps scored his 32nd first-class century— his 12th for Wellington, having previously represented Canterbury
Firebirds veteran Luke Woodcock equalled the record set by James Marshall (Northern Districts, retired) for the most first-class appearances for a single New Zealand domestic team (127)
The Firebirds enter day two with a first innings lead of 184, Papps and Woodcock looking to continue their unbroken opening stand of 246 (Papps 163*, Woodcock 64*). The Wellington record for the first wicket stands at 333, held by current Firebirds coach Bruce Edgar and Andrew Jones (also at the Basin Reserve against Auckland, in 1988/89)
The Auckland Aces’ first innings total of 62 all out was their eighth lowest first-class total of all time, and third lowest against the Wellington Firebirds of all time
Former Otago Volt Michael Bracewell made his debut for the Wellington Firebirds as their captain
Former Canterbury allrounder Logan van Beek made his Wellington Firebirds debut
Former Firebirds pace bowler Matt McEwan made his Auckland Aces debut
Firebirds veteran spinner Jeetan Patel is playing his 250th first-class match (and has yet to bat or bowl).


Northern Districts v Central Stags at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui


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Match summary


No play was possible on Day One due to rain
Toss will be made today, weather permitting (local weather is promising)
Media note: regardless of loss of play on a previous day, all match days begin at 10.30am this season