| Cricket News | Thursday January 31 2013 19:58
Otago's taken a firm hold over Northern Districts after the opening day of their Plunket Shield cricket encounter in Queenstown.
Ian Butler's taken six wickets to help dismiss the visitors for just 217, with the hosts racing to 135/2 by stumps.
Hamish Rutherford's unbeaten on 82.
94 from Peter Fulton's set Canterbury up for a solid first innings in their match with Wellington in the capital.
The Wizards have declared at 329/9, with Wellington scoring one run from the final over of the day before stumps on the first day.
The game between Auckland and Central Districts at Eden Park outer oval's evenly poised after two days.
CD's close to parity in their second innings, eight runs behind the Aces on 107/0.
Craig Cachopa earlier made 145 for the hosts during their 348.