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Volts and Wizards in Plunket Shield draw

Published: 7:35PM Thursday November 15, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Neither Canterbury nor Otago managed to pull off victory in their Plunket Shield cricket match in Dunedin today.

In a final day disrupted by rain, the Wizards set their hosts a target of 235 for victory with just over two sessions left.

The Volts could only manage 203 for seven from 68 overs, with Aaron Redmond topscoring on 61.

Three late wickets to Ben McCord for the red and blacks were not enough to stop the match ending in a draw.

The encounter will perhaps be best remembered for Canterbury's debutant fast bowler Will Williams, who became just the fourth batsman in New Zealand first-class cricket to be given out handled ball.

Williams chopped a short delivery from Otago's Jacob Duffy into the ground, then turned and instinctively palmed it away to avoid it looping back onto his stumps.

Otago immediately appealled and Williams was sent on his way without hesitation by the square-leg umpire.

The Wizards remain in second place on the competition ladder with 36 points, while the Volts are two spots below on 28.

Next up, the Wizards host the Wellington Firebirds in Rangiora on Monday, while the Volts have a 10-day break, before they meet the Central Stags in Napier on November 26.

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