Broom goes boom!


Otago Volts beat Wellington Firebirds by two runs

Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

29 November 2019



• THRILLER ALERT! Every run of a Neil Broom century counts as the Otago Volts squeak a much-needed two-run victory to get back in The Ford Trophy race

The Volts headed into their second consecutive match on Bert Sutcliffe Oval hungry to get their campaign back on track, after Wednesday's bruising loss to the Aces.

This time, the rewards would come - fittingly, with a Neil Broom century in his 100th List A match in Volts colours.

The 36-year-old veteran was in vintage nick with his ninth List A century and seventh for the Volts.

After captain Jacob Duffy won the toss and batted, the first drop entered proceedings in the fifth over after the early loss of Nick Kelly, and powered through to the second to last ball of the match in a fine knock of 112, off 127 deliveries.

A 46-run stand with Hamish Rutherford had got the Volts going before Broom once again combined productively with Mitch Renwick in a 101-run stand for the third wicket.

Renwick reached his second Ford Trophy half century before he was caught off Malcolm Nofal in the 38th over at 161 for three.

The arrival of Anaru Kitchen at the crease delivered a turbo-boost to the run rate, Kitchen belting a quick 35 off just 21 balls to give Broom another 50-stand.

The Volts were stringing it together, the Firebirds - with Hamish Bennett back in the attack today - unable to pick up the breakthroughs quickly enough for their liking.

Earlier, Bennett's opening partner with the ball Ollie Newton - who had headed into the final round before Christmas as the season's top wicket-taker - had made the first breakthrough and, bowling the final over, he finally got anchorman Broom out as well, more than three hours down the track.

The Volts had put up a score of 262 for six on "the Bert" and the Firebirds were by no means out of the running on a pitch that had provided plenty of runs across the week.

But the Volts made a stronger start with the ball, pace men Duffy and Nathan Smith both ripping our big wickets in their opening over to have the Firebirds 2/2 with Ravindra and Fletcher back in the pavilion.

Smith was impressive, clamping down on the run rate for his side but the Volts would have had a few nerves in the stomach as Devon Conway and Michael Bracewell got going for the third wicket.

The potent pair put on 44 together before the loss of captain Bracewell on 20, just as he looked set.

Off-spinner Dean Foxcroft had done the damage and he went bang-bang, bowling Jimmy Neesham just three balls later to have the Firebirds suddenly 46/4.

The onus fell on Conway who recombined with Nofal for a fifth-wicket stand of 64.

Then, in the 28th over, bowler Michael Rippon held his breath as Conway lofted a straight drive while Foxcroft circled deep on the boundary - in the action again with a high catch to dismiss Conway on 70.

Spinners Foxcroft and Kitchen then chipped out vital wickets to ratchet up the run rate pressure on the Volts.

Nofal was still there, having kept going for his second consecutive half century, before disaster struck and he was run out on 87 with just two balls left in the innings. The Firebirds had needed just six runs off the last over, bowled by the cool-headed Smith but, after conceding a single and scrambled two, Smith took two in two balls to finish off an exciting match.

Last summer's top qualifiers were now equal third on points at the midpoint of the competition.

Competition Winner: Auckland Aces

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Auckland Aces 10 6 4 0 0 0 4 28 0.46
2 Canterbury 10 5 4 0 1 0 3 25 0.08
3 Otago Volts 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.21
4 Northern Districts 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.00
5 Wellington Firebirds 10 5 5 0 0 0 1 21 0.01
6 Central Stags 10 2 7 0 1 0 0 10 -0.84

Order in the Table Determined by: 1. Total Points, 2. Number of Wins, 3. Number of Bonus Points, 4. Net Run Rate (NRR - NRR For minus NRR Against over the whole competition)

Points Awarded: Won - 4, Lost - 0, Tied - 2, No Result - 2, Abandoned - 2, Bonus Point (Run Rate 1.25x Opponents') - 1

Elimination Final - Otago Volts won by 6 runs

Most Runs

1Devon Conway553
2Colin Munro492
3John Boyle491
4Neil Broom471
5Chad Bowes428
6Henry Cooper417
7Dean Foxcroft406
8Robert O'Donnell401
9Nicholas Kelly374
10George Worker371

Most Wickets

1Benjamin Lister23
2Jacob Duffy21
3Andrew Ellis18
4=Michael Rippon16
4=Seth Rance16
6=Anurag Verma15
6=Nathan Smith15
8=Andrew Hazeldine14
8=Iain McPeake14
10Ollie Newton13

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