Otago Volts 157-4 (ten Doeschate 64) beat
Kandurata Maroons 159-4 by 6 wickets
Champions League T20 Qualifier, Mohali
Ryan ten Doeschate, playing his first match of the tournament after being granted leave by county side Essex, proved to be the star for Otago Volts as they all but booked their place in the Champions League T20 proper by dispatching Kandurata Maroons in Mohali.
Ten Doeschate took two key wickets during the Maroons innings as only Upul Tharanga of their batsmen got going. He then smashed 64 off just 32 balls to help get a faltering Volts run chase back on track.
The Volts actually got off to a positive start in their pursuit of the Maroons’ 154 for nine. Openers Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom added 31 in four overs, but Rutherford and man of the match from yesterday Brendon McCullum fell in quick succession to make it 45 for two in the eighth.
Ten Doeschate then joined Broom and the pair progressed to 89 after 12 overs. However, Broom gave a second wicket to Dilhara Lokuhettige when on 25 and the Volts were left needing 66 off 47 balls. It shouldn’t have been a problem and, thanks to ten Doeschate, it wasn’t.
He and Jimmy Neesham put on 57 in just 30 balls, with the former Dutch all-rounder doing the bulk of the scoring and hitting five sixes in all during his innings before finally falling to Lokuhettige with the winning line in sight.
Neesham remained there until the end and finished unbeaten with 32 off only 19 balls as the Volts won with two overs to spare.
The Maroons had earlier enjoyed a relatively good start to their innings after being asked to bat, reaching 99 for two in the 13th over. Upul Tharanga was the mainstay and made 76 off 56 balls before departing to the impressive Ian Butler during a late innings wobble.
Butler took three for 21 from his four overs, while there were two wickets for ten Doeschate and one apiece for James McMillian, Neil Wagner and Neesham. The Sri Lankan side lost Lokuhettige in the 13th over for 15 and made just 55 from the final 44 balls of their innings as wickets fell regularly.
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