A maiden first-class century to Tarun Nethula and near miss by Adam Milne have put Central Stags in a powerful position in their Plunket Shield match against Central Stags at Napier.
Central began Day Two at 367-7, with Carl Cachopa (123) already reaching triple figures. Nethula (87) and Milne (38) were at the crease, and the pair completed a partnership of 133, before Nethula finally fell for 108.
Milne eventually departed painfully short of his century - adjudged lbw Ian Butler for 97 - and his departure brought the Stags' innings to a close at 476 runs.
Otago were staggering at 62-4, until Sam Wells brought some stability with 78 runs off 87 balls. All-rounder Butler continues to stave off the follow-on, battling on 53 not out at the end of play, with the Volts on 232-9.
Milne has his fine batting performance with a five-wicket bag (5-44) in the Stags innings.
Central Stags v Otago Volts
Raval c de Boorder b Duffy 14
How lbw b Soper 5
Carl Cachopa c de Boorder b Duffy 123
Sinclair c Broom b Soper 4
Noema-Barnett c Craig b Neesham 8
Trego c Craig b Butler 30
Smith b Butler 10
Nethula c Broom b Soper 108
Milne lbw b Butler 97
Lamb c Redmond b Neesham 14
Mathieson not out 11
Bowling: Soper 26-3-116-3, Duffy 28-5-89-2, Butler 33.2-2-132-3, Neesham 30-6-96-2, Craig 10-1-21-0
Redmond c Raval b Milne 15
Rutherford b Milne 2
Bracewell b Milne 0
Broom lbw b Trego 26
Wells lbw b Trego 78
de Boorder b Milne 19
Neesham c Smith b Milne 0
Craig c Carl Cachopa b Trego 14
Butler not out 53
Duffy c Raval b Lamb 9
Soper not out 0
Total (for nine wickets) 232
Bowling: Trego 18-6-52-3, Milne 12-1-44-5, Mathieson 10-0-51-0, Lamb 14-6-30-1, Noema-Barnett 4-0-22-0, Nethula 7-0-22-0
Meanwhile, Auckland Aces have taken first-innings honours after three days of their clash with Wellington, reaching 381-5 for a one-run lead.
All-rounder Colin Munro has steered his side into their dominant position with an unbeaten 122, accompanied by Craig Cachopa (74no).
Auckland Aces v Wellington Firebirds
Brodie lbw b Bates 17
Papps b McClenaghan 9
Murdoch c Hopkins b McClenaghan 25
Ryder c Hopkins b McClenaghan 72
Elliott lbw b Munro 13
Ronchi c Hopkins b de Grandhomme 127
Woakes b Munro 47
Boam c McIntosh b Bates 31
Kuggeleijn c Bates b McClenaghan 9
Gillespie c Bates b Martin 22
Hutchinson not out 0
Extras (b 4, nb 4) 8
Total (for 10 wickets) 380
Bowling: McClenaghan 21-3-90-4, Mills 20-6-57-0 (4nb), Bates 11-2-50-2, Munro 12-1-48-2, Martin 22.2-5-80-1, de Grandhomme 9-1-51-1
McIntosh c Boam b Hutchinson 31
Vincent c Boam b Kuggeleijn 38
Young run out 43
de Grandhomme c Woakes b Hutchinson 46
Hopkins lbw b Kuggeleijn 8
Munro not out 122
Craig Cachopa not out 74
Total (for five wickets) 381
Bowling: Gillespie 23-5-90-0, Woakes 20-1-75-0, Hutchinson 17-5-58-2, Kuggeleijn 18-2-74-2, Elliott 11-2-37-0, Boam 9-2-31-0