Jesse Ryder gets ton but Volts lose to Knights
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The Northern Knights scored a last-over win in their domestic one-day encounter against the Otago Volts in Hamilton today.
The home team's chase was well-paced by Black Caps test wicketkeeper/batsman BJ Watling, who finished unbeaten on 83 off 88 balls and finished the match with a six as the Knights got home with four wickets and a ball to spare.
Allrounder Jono Boult played a crucial role late in combination with Watling as they added an unbroken 71 for the seventh wicket. Boult made 39 off only 28 balls and found the boundary when needed in the latter stages.
After a rain-delayed start, the Otago Volts - sent in by the hosts - were dismissed for 277 in their final over at Seddon Park, with discarded Black Cap Jesse Ryder leading the charge.
Ryder made 115 off just 112 balls to provide the backbone of Otago's tally. He struck eight fours and four sixes in his stay, which ended when he was caught near the mid-wicket boundary in the final over.
He got assistance from in-form No 3 Michael Bracewell, who made 67 off 69 balls after the hosts won the toss and chose to bowl.
New Zealand representatives Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi and Kane Williamson led the home side's bowling effort in their 50 overs. Boult took 2-47 off nine overs, Sodhi 2-34 off seven and Williamson claimed 3-40 off 9.4 overs.
Williamson was also prominent in Northern's chase, making 75 off 80 balls before falling to an excellent catch from Jimmy Neesham off left-arm spinner Nick Beard.
Corey Anderson made a quickfire 34 but when he fell with Northern 194-4, it appeared Otago may have the upper hand until Watling took up the mantle of guiding his side home.
The Knights lost their opening Ford Trophy match to the Auckland Aces in Auckland on Sunday, while the Volts scored a win over the Canterbury Wizards.
COACH ON LEAVE
Otago cricket coach Vaughn Johnson has taken a temporary leave of absence from work to address stress-related issues.
Johnson will remain on leave indefinitely after staying in Dunedin yesterday when the Volts’ one-day squad travelled to Hamilton.
Assistant coach Nathan King would stand-in as head coach.
Otago Cricket chief executive Ross Dykes said his concern at this time was for Johnson’s well-being, and asked media and public to respect the 53-year-old’s right to privacy.
“Vaughn is on sick-leave due to a stress-related condition,” said Dykes.
“We all hope he makes a speedy recovery, and is able to return to full health as soon as possible. We are unable to make any further comment out of respect for his privacy.”
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