Duffy has chance to earn Volts spot

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 29/01/2013

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Southland's Ryan Duffy has a prime opportunity today to push for a place in the Otago Volts setup for the next Plunket Shield game against Northern Districts, in Queenstown, next week.

Duffy will resume on 27 on the second day of a three-day game against a visiting Tasmania team at the University Oval in Dunedin.

Tasmania won the toss and elected to bat getting through to 355-6 before declaring and leaving the Otago A batsmen a tricky 16-over period to bat before stumps.

Duffy and fellow opener Gregor Croudis negated the 16 overs and got through to 71 without loss.

This week's three-day game is an important one for fringe Volts players as they eye the game against Northern Districts.

The four-day game starts on Thursday but the Volts have six players named in a New Zealand XI to play Twenty20 games against England, in Whangarei, on Monday and Wednesday.

The Volts selectors may be able to start some of the players in the four-day game in Queenstown before replacing them mid-game to allow them to head to Whangarei.

The six Volts players are Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Ian Butler, Jimmy Neesham, Neil Wagner and Nick Beard.

Jacob Duffy was rested in Otago' s last game but will probably replace Butler in the XI for the next game while Neesham, Wagner and Beard never played in the last four-day game.

The biggest head scratcher will be how the Volts fill the spots of top-order batsmen Rutherford and Neil Broom. Broom's brother, Darren Broom, is a likely contender to fill his spot while Ryan Duffy could put his hand up today to fill Rutherford's position at the top of the order.

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- The Southland Times

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