The Volts will enter day three at 200 for four, trailing by just 84 runs in their first innings in the round seven Plunket Shield match with the Firebirds at University of Otago Oval in Dunedin.
They had started a pretty good day by wrapping up the one remaining Firebirds wicket, Matt Bacon adding to his maiden five-wicket bag the previous day to finish with 6-73 off his 16.5 overs. Hamish Bennett was his final victim with number seven Andrew Fletcher left unbeaten on 50*.
Replying to the Firebirds’ 284 all out, the hosts made a solid start with Hamish Rutherford and patient Cam Hawkins putting on 89 for the first wicket. Hawkins carried on to reach his fourth first-class fifty in his five matches to date.
Master spinner Jeetan Patel ultimately outfoxed them both, however, Hawkins stopped on 59. First drop Mitch Renwick made his way positively to 46, but would be denied his own half ton by Bennett who had him caught at slip. Jimmy Neesham also picked up a wicket before Anaru Kitchen (23*) and Nathan Smith (12*) steered the Volts through to stumps.
The Firebirds will be out to claim some early wickets in the opening session of day three and clip the Volts’ chances of claiming a first innings lead.