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Sodhi takes seven wickets with pink ball

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/03/2017

Northern Districts spinner Ish Sodhi rose to the occasion with seven wickets as first-class cricket under lights was played on New Zealand soil for the first time.

The first day of a full round of Plunket Shield cricket was completed under floodlights, with the players using a pink ball.

The concept, being gradually introduced at Test level, was welcomed with open arms by Black Caps legspinner Sodhi at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

His 7-107 reduced Central Districts to 272-9 declared before the visitors struck back with the ball.

Seth Rance claimed a remarkable 4-6 off six overs as Northern Districts crumbled to 28-4 at stumps, the seamer enjoying ample swing in the late-night conditions.

Sodhi was delighted with his contribution, his second career seven-wicket bag, and said the seeds were laid when his team practised with a pink ball.

"The boys said they found it quite hard to pick if I bowled a lot of cross-seams so I focused on that," he said.

"It was a totally different experience for the players. I guess we'll see a bit more of it.

"Although the situation we're in now just shows the pink ball is a little bit different to the red."

He hopes his team can now match Central Districts, who batted through the first session in daylight without losing a wicket on Monday.

Batting became notably harder in the twilight and night-time conditions.

In Wellington, veteran opener Michael Papps became the first pink ball centurion.

His 105 - a 29th first class ton - underpinned Wellington's 252-5 against Otago.

The match is being played at Westpac Stadium, which is hosting its first first class game.

Canterbury skipper Andrew Ellis also reached three figures (103) as his team recovered from a poor start to reach 305-8 against Auckland at Eden Park.

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