Otago Volts 242-4 (Broom 117no) beat
Perth Scorchers 180-6 by 62 runs
Champions League T20, Group A Match, Jaipur
Otago Volts continued their impressive run in this season’s Champions League T20 by dispatching Perth Scorchers by 62 runs in a high-scoring match at Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Neil Broom was the unexpected batting star for the Volts, smashing his maiden T20 century off just 51 balls and going on to end on 117 off 56 balls to lead his side to an imposing 242 for four from their 20 overs after they had been asked to bat.
Perth then lost three early wickets and never really challenged the target in spite of Hilton Cartwright making a career-best 69 not out. They ended on 180 for six, with Ian Butler taking three wickets.
It was Butler who did the early damage, reducing the Scorchers to 11 for three to continue a tournament that has now yielded eight wickets from just three matches. He sent Liam Davis packing first ball and then had Ashton Agar caught by wicket-keeper Derek de Boorder. To round things off he then ran out Perth skipper Simon Katich without him having faced a ball.
To their credit, the Scorchers did put up a fight as Adam Voges and Cartwright shared 65 in fewer than nine overs. There were then contributions from Ashton Turner (27 off 18 balls) and Tom Triffitt (25 off 17 balls), while Cartwright struck eight boundaries and ended on 69 off 53 deliveries.
Broom’s century had set up the Volts’ win as he debunked the myth that they were a one-man side. That man Brendon McCullum fell for a first-ball duck to Joel Paris as Otago slipped to nine for two.
However, Broom found support first from de Boorder and then overseas player Ryan ten Doeschate to take Otago up to a huge total. He shared 67 in 45 balls with de Boorder before the latter was bowled by Adam Voges for an excellent 45 off just 28 balls.
Broom and Ten Doeschate then took the game away from the Perth bowlers during a brutal onslaught that yielded 128 runs for the fourth-wicket off only 48 balls. Between them, they struck 14 sixes in all during their innings, with ten Doeschate plundering six during his 66 off 26 balls and Broom smashing eight during his 56-ball stay at the crease.
The Perth bowling figures took a battering as all but Michael Beer conceded at least 10 an over, with part-timers Cartwright and Voges proving particularly costly and disappearing for a combined total of 50 off three overs. Debutant Burt Cockley went for 45 runs from three wicket-less overs.
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