Auckland edge Otago in tight encounter

Ronnie Hira helped Auckland get home against Otago. Photo: Getty
Ronnie Hira helped Auckland get home against Otago. Photo: Getty
Auckland have clinched a place in Sunday's Super Smash final against Wellington with a dramatic three-wicket win against Otago at the University Oval this evening.

The Volts posted a competitive tally of 174 for eight. That looked like it might be enough, with Michael Rae producing a wonderful bowling spell for the home side.

He picked up the key wickets of Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips to tip the game in Otago's favour, and finished with three for 23.

But some big hitting from Ronnie Hira (33 off 15) and Robbie O'Donnell (27 not out from 13) sealed a tense win for the visitors from the penultimate ball.

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