WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS v NORTHERN DISTRICTS
Basin Reserve, Wellington
21-24 February 2019
First innings bonus points
Bowling: Northern Districts 2 (completed), Wellington Firebirds 0 (completed)
Batting: Wellington Firebirds 4 (maximum achieved), 0 (completed)
Wellington Firebirds Devon Conway continued an outstanding summer across all formats with an unbeaten 146* on day one of the resumption of the Plunket Shield championship, at the Basin Reserve this afternoon.
In his 11th first-class season, the consistent first drop’s 16th first-class century is his third for the Wellington Firebirds — and second this season, having scored 203 not out in October.
Conway’s second summer in New Zealand cricket has been a prodigious one, having produced four List A half centuries in The Ford Trophy and an unbeaten 105 — the first century of a consistent career in the shortest format — in the Burger King Super Smash.
Sent in by Northern Districts, the Firebirds had already got off to a solid start by the time Conway strode to the middle, opener Luke Woodcock (43) having just departed at 82 for one.
The day was bittersweet for the Firebirds’ other opening batsman, however, Rachin Ravindra dismissed just four runs short of what would have been the young man’s maiden first-class and Firebirds century. Ravindra would have to settle for a career best in his second Plunket Shield match for the team, his previous having been his 82 on debut.
The Firebirds went to stumps at 367 for five, ND seamer Jimmy Baker having removed Tom Blundell and Malcolm Nofal in the same over in the last session but the Firebirds already on course to dictate terms.