Duffy keeps cool at death as Otago win
An uncompromising 61 from Michael Bracewell and a calm final over from Jacob Duffy guided the Otago Volts to a one-run Twenty20 win over the Canterbury Wizards at Timaru's Aorangi Oval yesterday.
Bracewell, a 21-year-old wicketkeeper, took just 32 balls to amass his runs as the Volts made 196-7 from their 20 overs.
He hit three fours and four sixes and shared a 101-run fifth-wicket stand with Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate, who made 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 195-7.
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 would help his seamers and elected to bowl first on the usually batsmen-friendly pitch.
Aorangi Oval was true to form and the boundary rope 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 as they chipped away with wickets.
The leg spin of Todd Astle helped effect a stumping and a run out off consecutive balls during his first over.
The Volts staggered to 70-4 until ten Doeschate and Bracewell came together and the pair punished anything short or over-pitched.
Brendon Diamanti bowled without luck for the Wizards. He went wicket-less but conceded just 18 runs in his first three overs before going for 13 in his last.
An 80-run, second-wicket stand between George Worker (47) and Latham (39) had Canterbury ahead of the required run rate after 10 overs but none of the Wizards' batsmen could match the efforts of Bracewell.
Gareth Andrew made 37 off 19 balls but he too departed when he had the game at his mercy. Another 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 Logan van Beek could manage only two.
NT Broom c ME Claydon b MJ Henry 4
HD Rutherford run out 37
IA Robertson c AM Ellis b RJ McCone 16
SR Wells st TWM Latham b TD Astle 12
RN ten Doeschate b RJ McCone 47
MG Bracewell c TD Astle b LV van Beek 61
IG Butler c AM Ellis b ME Claydon 2
JK Fuller not out 8
MD Craig not out 4
Extras (1lb, 4w) 5
Total: (for 7 wickets, 20 overs) 196
Fall: 8, 47, 69, 69, 171, 180, 187
Bowling: ME Claydon 4-0-31-1, MJ Henry 4-0-46-1, RJ McCone 3-042-2, BJ Diamanti 4-0-31-0, TD Astle 2-015-1, LV van Beek 3-0-28-1
GH Worker c JK Fuller b IG Butler 47
B Cachopa c JK Fuller b MD Craig 11
TWM Latham c JK Fuller b RN ten Doeschate 39
GM Andrew c IG Butler b SK Fuller 37
AM Ellis c SR Wells b IG Butler 2
BJ DIamanti b RN ten Doeschate 1
TD Astle c RN ten Doeschate b JA Duffy 26
LV van Beek not out 18
MJ Henry not out 1
Extras (9lb, 4w) 13
Total: (for 7 wickets, 20 overs) 195
Fall: 19, 99, 106, 137, 146, 149, 190
Bowling: JK Fuller 4-0-21-1, MD Craig 2-0-25-1, JA Duffy 4-0-32-1, IG Butler 4-0-36-2, NB Beard 3-0-45-0, RN ten Doeschate 3-0-27-2.
The Southland Times