Different format, same skills: coach

The days are set to get longer again for the Otago Volts.

They resume their one-day campaign tomorrow against Central Districts at the University Oval.

It comes off the back of what coach Rob Walter dubbed an ‘‘outstanding’’ twenty20 campaign.

The side had played well throughout the competition, before being beaten by Auckland in a tense elimination final.

While that ending had been disappointing, Walter was hoping the side could carry its form back into the 50-over format.

"I think it was an outstanding campaign. The guys played great cricket and we were dominating," Walter said.

"The eliminator . . . we just fell short in the final phase of the game, but up until that point we played a good game of cricket again.

"So it was probably 80% positive and 20% learnings from the whole campaign, in my opinion.

"So yeah, we definitely want to take that momentum, that positivity and quality from the T20 format into this."

The Ford Trophy is delicately poised at its midway point.

Fives games in, Auckland and Canterbury have opened a gap at the top.

From there Otago, Wellington and Northern Districts all have eight points, while Central Districts trails with six.

That will make every result from now important, something not lost on the team.

"I think the competition is great the whole way through.

"Anyone can slip up and, as the T20 competition showed us, anyone can beat anyone on any day.

"It’s always going to be a bun fight for those playoff spots, so I don’t think this is going to be any different."

The Volts had a few days off following the twenty20 loss, before getting back into training.

While there was a longer approach to the one-day game, it did not change things too much for the side.

"There’s obviously a slightly different mindset, with obviously bat and ball.

"It’s not huge; it’s just a small tweak.

"The fundamentals don’t change. It’s just done over a longer period of time.

"So for us it’s just about the quality of our training, making sure we focus on nailing down our skills for the 50-over game."

The Volts will be without opening bowler Jacob Duffy, who is away with the New Zealand A team playing against India A.

Tommy Clout comes into the side for him.

The teams will be confirmed at noon today.


Ford Trophy

University Oval, tomorrow, 11am
(from) Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Dean Foxcroft, Anaru Kitchen, Dale Phillips, Josh Finnie, Nathan Smith, Michael Rippon, Michael Rae, Max Chu, Mitch Renwick, Matt Bacon, Tommy Clout.
Central: (probable) Christian Leopard, Dane Cleaver, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Josh Clarkson, Willem Ludick, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance, Ben Smith, Ryan Watson.


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