There was no shortage of runs as Otago beat Canterbury by the
slimmest of margins in their HRV Cup clash in Timaru this
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first at the
Aorangi Oval, Otago piled on 196-7 from their 20 overs before
the Cantabrians finished on 195-7 as Otago won by one run.
The victory lifted Otago to second place in the HRV Cup
standings and the victory was made possible by their batting
line-up who gave them a huge total to defend.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Michael Bracewell stroked his highest
score in Twenty20 cricket, the 21-year-old making 61 from 32
balls for Otago, including four sixes.
The left-hander found useful support from import Ryan ten
Doeschate who blasted 47 from 27, while opener Hamish
Rutherford contributed 37 from 25 balls in typically quick
None of the Canterbury bowlers were safe as they were all
dispatched to the boundary at a quick rate of knots. Ryan
McCone grabbed two wickets, but his three overs disappeared
for 42 runs.
In pursuit of 197 for victory, Canterbury got off to a flying
start as the in-form George Worker and part-time
international Tom Latham put on 80 runs for the second
When Worker was sent on his way for 47 Canterbury were 99-2
from 9.2 overs and were right in the hunt, but Otago's
bowlers did just enough to stop the run flow.
Import Gareth Andrew hammered a rapid-fire 37 from only 19
balls but wickets to Otago seamers Jacob Duffy, Ian Butler
and ten Doeschate at key times held back Canterbury's
Eventually it was down to No 8 Logan van Beek needing four
from the final ball but he and batting partner Matt Henry
could only scamper through for two runs and Otago held on for
Butler finished with 2-36 from his four overs, while opening
bowler James Fuller was economical as he bagged 1-21 from
four overs and he also gobbled up three catches.
The result left Canterbury without a win from their first
Auckland and Wellington meet in tomorrow night's match at