Otago's chances of reaching the HRV Cup final have gone after
they were beaten comprehensively by the Auckland Aces in
Needing to win their final two matches to make the final,
Otago batted first and got off to a fair start with all the
top three batsmen making useful contributions.
Brendon McCullum made 35, his opening partner Hamish
Rutherford 24 and Craig Cumming top-scored with 44 before the
innings fell away and the Volts finished their 20 overs on
150 for eight.
Martin Guptill led the way for the Aces, slamming 68 not out.
He was supported by Lou Vincent (31) and Azhar Mahmood, who
made a tidy 51 as Auckland romped to an eight-wicket win in
the 18th over.
In today's other match, Canterbury were far too strong for
the Wellington Firebirds at Hagley Oval in Christchurch,
easing to a 70-run win.