Kitchen inspires Volts to first win
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