Bracewell guides Volts to victory over Wizards
An uncompromising 61 from Michael Bracewell, and a calm final over from Jacob Duffy has guided the Otago Volts to a one run domestic twenty20 win over the Canterbury Wizards at Timaru's Aorangi Oval today.
Bracewell, 21-year-old wicket-keeper took just 32 balls to amass his runs as the Volts made 196 for seven from their 20 overs.
He hit three fours and four sixes and shared in a 101-run fifth wicket stand with Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate, who contributed 47.
Canterbury appeared to time their chase perfectly.
They needed seven runs off the last over, but gutsy bowling from Duffy kept them to five and saw the Wizards finish on 195 for seven.
Canterbury remain winless after four games, while Otago have three wins and one loss and move up to second on the table.
Canterbury captain, Tom Latham took a gamble in hoping the overcast conditions could help his seamers and elected to bowl on the usually batsmen-friendly pitch.
Aorangi Oval was true to form and the boundary roped was peppered, with the Volts hitting 20 fours and eight sixes.
The Canterbury seamers struggled early and were conceding 10 runs an over for the first eight overs.
The runs flowed but so did the Wizards chipped away with wickets.
The leg spin of Todd Astle helped effect a stumping and a run out in consecutive balls of his first over.
The Volts staggered to 70 for four until ten Doeschate and Bracewell came together.
They punished anything short or over-pitched.
When they were together, a score of more than 200 looked likely but when they departed, so did some of the innings' momentum.
Brendon Diamanti bowled without luck for the Wizards.
He went wicket less but conceded 18 in his first three overs, before going for 13 in his last.
A 80-run second wicket stand between George Worker (47) and Latham (39) had Canterbury ahead of the required run-rate after 10 overs, but the Wizards did not have a batsmen who could match Bracewell's knock.
Gareth Andrew made 37 off 19 balls but he too departed when he had the game at his mercy. The crucial wicket was that of Astle, who was caught by a sprawling ten Doeschate at point, for 26, off the first ball of the final over.
Canterbury needed four off the last ball but van Beek could only manage two.