Kitchen in­spires Volts to first win

Sunday News - - CRICKET -

A com­pelling all-round per­for­mance from Black Cap Anaru Kitchen lifted the Otago Volts to their first Twenty20 cricket win of the sea­son and dealt a blow to the Cen­tral Stags’ play­off hopes.

Kitchen, fresh from his T20 in­ter­na­tional de­but se­ries against West Indies, took 3-24 with his lef­t­arm spin then blasted 34 off 22 balls with the bat as the Volts beat the Stags by three wick­ets in New Ply­mouth yes­ter­day.

Chas­ing 148 to win at Pukekura Park, the Volts won with 10 balls to spare af­ter 43 off 41 from opener Rob Ni­col, Kitchen’s power hit­ting and a cru­cial 20 off 13 from Derek de Bo­order with the chase wob­bling a frac­tion.

Re­mark­ably it was the Volts’ first win in their eighth match of the com­pe­ti­tion while for the Stags, top qual­i­fiers and beaten fi­nal­ists last year, de­feat put them un­der pres­sure.

With three matches to play they sit six points be­hind third­placed Welling­ton Fire­birds, who face Can­ter­bury Kings in Christchurch to­day. Only the topthree qual­ify for the play­offs.

An­other re­turn­ing Black Cap, Seth Rance, had a whale of a game for the Stags but couldn’t guide

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