Northern Districts take a huge advantage into the final day of their Plunket Shield clash with Canterbury in Christchurch today and look odds on to gather their second straight win of the new season.
They have a massive lead of 354 with still five second innings wickets in hand, if captain Daniel Flynn chooses to use them today.
They finished the day yesterday at 204 for five, after dismissing Canterbury for 228 and taking a 150 run lead on the first innings and maximum bonus points for the match.
ND reached their strong position despite none of their top order batsmen taking real advantage of their second innings starts. Only opener Henry Cooper made it to 50, while Bharat Popli, who will be turning out for Bay of Plenty tomorrow in their pre-season one dayer against Hawkes Bay at Tauranga Domain, was the next best contributor with 36.
Flynn’s innings of 26 was enough to see him past the milestone of 6000 first class runs for ND.
Colin de Grandhomme, whose first innings century saw him past 5000 first class runs, will resume this morning on 17 and Peter Bocock on four.
With the weather set fair in Christchurch only a dramatic lift in the home side’s batting fortunes could stand between Northern Districts and their second win of the season.