Volts keep roll on
11 Sep 2013
The Otago Volts have carried on their unbeaten ways on their CLT20 warm up tour of Sri Lanka. The Otago Polytechnic sponsored side are in Colombo playing a series of games against a Sri Lankan selection.
In a change from the previous two encounters the Volts batted first and were under pressure early. Wickets fell at 8,17,37 and 39 and with Broom, Rutherford, Redmond and Brendon McCullum back in the hut the pinch went on the middle order.
McCullum, who will captain the side for the Champions League campaign arrived in the country late the previous night.
Neesham and Bracewell started the rescue mission and there 39 run partnership for the 5th wicket started to put the innings back on track. When Bracewell was bowled for 10 in the 12th over the score was 78.
Derek de Boorder joined Neesham and the two lifted the tempo of the innings. Neesham was eventually dismissed for 51 when the score was at 106. The innings of Neesham came off 28 balls and included five fours and two sixes.
De Boorder forged on with Mark Craig and that pair got the team through to 144-6 at the start of the 20th over. In an extraordinary turn of events Craig, de Boorder, Beard and McMillan were dismissed off consecutive deliveries at the start of the 20th over bowled by Alankara Asanka meaning the Volts had to settle for 144.
James McMillan soon had the pressure back on the locals when he had two wickets in the first over of the defence. Neesham had the Sri Lankans three down when he removed Solaman with the score at 22.
International Kaushalya Weearathna and Madana Warnapura then set upon a partnership that had their team right in the game after 13 overs.
With the score at 93 and the equation in favour of the home side in the 14th over Mark Craig had the key wicket of Warnapura caught at short fine leg. When Beard removed Weearathna two overs later the Volts were back in the hunt.
Well executed death bowling from McMillan, Duffy and Neesham completed the fight back, the pressure created led to regular wickets in the final overs and the Sri Lankans were eventually restricted to 125-8.
Otago Volts 144 (J Neesham 51, D de Boorder 33, A Redmond 16, A Asanka 5-26) BEAT Sri Lankan Selection (K Weearathna 44, M Warnapura 38, J McMillan 2-18, J Neesham 2-17)