Butler, Broom star in warmup win for Volts

The Otago Volts have made it two from two in their Champions League warmup matches in Sri Lanka.

On Sunday the Volts faced a strong Sri Lankan selection, who included internationals Jehan Mubarak and Kaushalya Weerarathna.

The home side made a strong start, reaching 40-0 before Ian Butler struck twice in one over, reducing them to 48-2 after six.

Mubarak was the next to go, caught by Aaron Redmond on the long off boundary from the bowling of Nick Beard with the score at 65. When Mark Craig had Weerarathna caught at point in the next over the Volts were on top.

Butler grabbed his third wicket when he had Fernando caught and bowled with the score at 77. Accurate death bowling from Jacob Duffy and Neil Wagner kept the squeeze on and restricted the home team to 134-6 from its 20 overs.

Hamish Rutherford got the Volts chase off to a fast start with two boundaries in the first over, before he was caught on the square leg boundary in the next over with the score at 10.

Michael Bracewell batted at three and his partnership of 55 with Neil Broom was a feature of the innings. Both Bracewell and Broom hit the ball cleanly. Bracewell was dismissed for 23 from 16 balls with the score at 65 at the end of the eighth over.

Redmond and Jimmy Neesham both came and went fairly quickly but Broom remained aggressive, his scoring rate keeping the Volts in control at all times.

The result never looked in doubt and the target was reached in the 16th over with six wickets in hand. The Volts batted out the full 20 overs and Neil Broom finished with 78 from just 38 deliveries, includingincluding three sixes and six fours.

Three wickets fell in the last over, the Volts finishing at 175-9.

Volts coach Vaughn Johnson was happy with the result.

"This week is all about making improvements and I was happy to see the steps in the right direction that we displayed in that game," he said. "We had a good training this morning and then executed the majority of our plans in the game this afternoon."

The Southland Times