Otago started the defence of their national domestic T20 title with an emphatic win and extended their unbeaten run in the competition to 11 games.
The Volts beat the Canterbury Wizards by 47 runs under lights at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval tonight comfortably outplaying their Southern neighbours.
In fact, they gave them a T20 lesson.
Otago scored 168-9 to Canterbury’s limp 121 all out.
Otago bowled better, completely outplayed Canterbury with the bat and were sharper in the field.
They reached the boundary plenty – hitting 15 fours and three sixes – but they kept the scoreboard ticking with singles.
Canterbury were guilty early of trying to thump everything and faced far too many dot-balls.
That allowed Otago’s impressive bowling attack to strangle the Wizards out of the contest.
Otago offspinner Mark Craig took 3-29 while import Ryan ten Doeschate and quicks Neil Wagner and James McMillan took two wickets apiece.
Canterbury’s reached 17-0 after two overs, but their chase fell apart from there.
During overs four through eight, the Wizards scored just 13 for the loss of two wickets at the Volts tightened the screws.
In the same period the visitors scored 36-1.
Opener Rob Nicol top scored with a run-a-ball 31, but no-one else in the top six could even reach double figures.
Batting at No 8, Ronnie Hira was Canterbury’s next best with 22.
Earlier, Otago’s 168-9 was built largely around a 70-run third wicket partnership between skipper Derek de Boorder (43) and Aaron Redmond (33).
They took few risks, but managed to score easily.
Much to the disappointment of the crowd, Jesse Ryder, chipped out early.
Ryder was the competition’s leading scorer last year, but only managed 1 tonight.
When Redmond was bowled by Hira, Otago’s Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate came to the crease and scored an impressive and easy-looking 35 off 26 balls.
With ten Doeschate at the crease a score in the 180-190 range looked possible, but the home side wrestled back the momentum with late wickets.
Logan van Beek was the surprise star for the Wizards taking 3-19 from three overs including the important scalps of de Boorder and ten Doeschate.
Matt Henry picked two wickets at the top of the order, dismissing both openers, Ryder and Neil Broom.
From 155-4, Otago dipped to 168-9 from their 20 overs, but it turned out to easily be enough.
Canterbury do have a chance at revenge next week when the two teams meet, again under lights, at Dunedin’s University Oval, on Friday.
N Broom b Henry 21
J Ryder c Ellis b Henry 1
A Redmond b Hira 33
D de Boorder c Henry b van Beek 43
R ten Doeschate b van Beek 35
M Bracewell c Worker b van Beek 19
S Wells c Fulton b Ellis 6
M Craig run out (Worker) 7
N Wagner run out (Cachopa/Ellis) 0
J Duffy not out 0
Extras (2lb, 1wd) 3
Total (for nine wickets, 20 overs) 168
Fall of wickets: 6, 27, 97, 111, 155, 156, 163, 163, 168.
Bowling: H Bennett 3-0-27-0, M Henry 3-0-21-2, R Hira 4-0-29-1 (1wd), R Nicol 4-0-37-0, A Ellis 3-0-33-1, L van Beek 3-0-19-3.
R Nicol b Craig 31
G Worker b McMillan 4
D Brownlie c Wells b Wagner 9
P Fulton c Wells b McMillan 1
B Cachopa c de Boorder b Craig 3
S Keen c de Boorder b ten Doeschate 9
A Ellis c Wells b Craig 19
R Hira c Broom b Wagner 22
M Henry c Bracewell b ten Doeschate 0
L van Beek c Wagner b Duffy 10
H Bennett not out 4
Extras (1lb, 6wd, 2nb) 9
Total (all out, 17.5 overs) 121 Fall of wickets: 17, 26, 30, 35, 54, 66, 87, 87, 109, 121
Bowling: J McMillan 4-0-18-2, J Duffy 2.5-0-35-1 (2wd, 2nb), N Wagner 3-0-11-2, M Craig 4-0-29-3, R ten Doeschate 4-0-27-2. Otago Volts win by 47 runs.
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