Volts toppled by Canterbury in last over thriller
The Otago Volts were again left on the wrong side of a last over thriller when they were toppled by Canterbury in today's domestic one-day game at University Oval in Dunedin.
Batting first, Otago got themselves off to a flyer with Black Cap Hamish Rutherford and Iain Robertson, a newbie to the 2014 one-day team, putting on 129 for the first wicket.
That 129-run opening stand came off just 118 balls before Matt McEwan claimed Robertson for 76.
Derek de Boorder (50) and Ryan ten Doeschate (57) kept Otago's assault with the bat going as they marched on to 326 for nine from their 50 overs.
Andrew Ellis' three for 45 from 10 overs was an outstanding display for Canterbury.
At the change of innings the home side would have been confident, but the openers for Canterbury set a good pace.
George Worker and Tom Latham teamed up to put on 97 for the first wicket before Latham went at exactly the same 118-ball mark when Otago lost their first wicket.
Worker (82) continued the momentum and every other Canterbury batsman chipped in with important knocks as the visitors passed Otago's score with four balls and four wickets to spare.
I Robertson c Brownlie b McEwan 76
H Rutherford c Latham b McCone 73
M Bracewell c Ellis b Bennett 0
D de Boorder c Ellis b McEwan 50
J Ryder lbw McEwan 18
R ten Doeschate c Latham b Ellis 57
S Wells c Astle b Ellis 7
N Wagner run out Brownlie 17
B Scott c Astle b Ellis 0
N Beard not out 0
S Blakely not out 0
Extras (2b, 6lb, 15wd, 6nb) 29 Total (for nine wickets, 50.0 overs) 327
Fall of wickets: 129, 132, 175, 202, 270, 288, 326, 326, 327 Bowling: H Bennett 8-1-52-1 (6wd, 2nb), R McCone 7-0-60-0 (3wd), A Ellis 10-0-45-3, R Nicol 9-0-58-0 (2wd), T Astle 6-0-47-0 (1wd), M McEwan 10-0-57-3 (2wd).
G Worker c Rutherford b Wagner 82
T Latham c Wagner b Beard 50
R Nicol c Bracewell b Blakely 26
D Brownlie c Rutherford b Beard 49
P Fulton not out 52
H Nicholls b Wagner 22
A Ellis run out (Bracewell) 21
T Astle not out 4
Extras (14lb, 9wd) 23
Total (for six wickets, 49.2 overs) 329
Fall of wickets: 97, 145, 217, 232, 272, 325 Bowling: B Scott 8.2-0-55-0 (1wd), N Wagner 10-0-79-2 (1wd), S Wells 8-0-50-0 (2wd), N Beard 10-0-63-2 (1wd), J Ryder 9-0-42-0 (1wd), S Blakely 4-0-26-1 (1wd).
Result: Canterbury won by four wickets.
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