Import does damage as Volts smash Firebirds
Otago Volts' Dutch import Ryan ten Doeschate is fast emerging as the buy of the summer after another dominant display in his team's 82-run Twenty20 victory over the Wellington Firebirds in Dunedin this afternoon.
Since arriving in New Zealand, ten Doeschate has been in sensational form for the Volts. He struck 65 in last week's Twenty20 victory over Northern Districts, before adding a century and an unbeaten 54 in Plunket Shield four-day action against Central Districts this week.
His purple patch with the bat continued again today, scoring 60 not out off just 29 balls as the Volts racked up a whopping 204 for three from their 20 overs.
Ten Doeschate was merciless on the Wellington bowlers, hitting five fours and three sixes.
Openers Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom laid the foundation for the Otago innings, teaming up for an impressive 105-run first wicket partnership.
Rutherford departed for 51, but ten Doeschate carried on the earlier good work to keep the runs ticking over the Volts.
Broom went with the score at 121 in the 14th over, when he was caught off the bowling of Jesse Ryder for a patient 51.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Michael Bracewell helped get the Volts to over the 200 mark, with a 19 run cameo from 12 balls.
If the Firebirds were to have any chance of chasing down Otago's large total, they needed to start positively.
Ryder and Bangladesh international Tamim Iqbal combined for a 50-run opening partnership, but when they both disappeared in the space of four balls, the advantage swung in the Volts' favour.
The destructive Ryder hit three fours and three sixes in his knock of 37, before he was caught by Iain Robertson from the bowling of offspinner Mark Craig.
Wellington never recovered from the loss of their openers, losing wickets at regular stages throughout their runchase.
When Luke Ronchi departed in the 13th over, leaving the Firebirds 89 for five, the writing was well and truly on the wall. They were eventually dismissed for 122 in the 18th over.
It was a pleasing team bowling effort for the Volts with left-arm spinner Nick Beard taking the fine figures of four for 16 from his four overs. He was ably assisted by Ian Butler, who grabbed three scalps and James Fuller, who chimed in with two wickets.
The victory lifts the Volts up to second equal on the Twenty20 ladder.
Otago's next game is against Canterbury in Timaru on Thursday, while Wellington will look to return to winning ways when they face Central Districts in the capital on Boxing Day.
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