Otago's roller-coaster ride continues

Volts batsman Shawn Hicks and Stags Wicketkeeper Ma'ara Ave watch as the ball flies onto the...
Volts batsman Shawn Hicks and Stags Wicketkeeper Ma'ara Ave watch as the ball flies onto the stumps from the bowling of Felix Murray during at their match at the University Oval in Dunedin yesterday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Veteran Otago batsman Neil Broom sealed a 16-run win against Central Districts with a little magic in the outfield at the University of Otago Oval yesterday.

He hit the stumps to run out No 11 Felix Murray in the last over. It was fitting he had the final say.

The experienced right-hander had a big impact on the match with a commanding effort with the bat. The 34-year-old anchored the Volts' innings with a knock of 68 from 58 deliveries.

His punishing 80-run stand with Anaru Kitchen (42) gave Otago the momentum it needed to post 208 for seven in a rain-affected game which was reduced to 32 overs aside.

Central Districts chased an adjusted target of 211 to win and got into a position to win while Josh Clarkson and Doug Bracewell were at the wicket.

Clarkson was hitting the ball with superior timing and he combined with Dean Foxcroft to rattle on 53 runs in 50 balls.

When Foxcroft (13) was stumped by some excellent work from Mitch Renwick, Bracewell responded with some belligerent batting.

He helped plunder 17 off an over from Nathan Smith to get the required run rate back within range.

He shared in a damaging 62-run stand with Clarkson.

But Clarkson finally mistimed a shot and was caught for 64, and Bracewell followed shortly after.

He offered up an easy return catch to leg-spinner Michael Rippon for 35.    

His departure effectively signalled the end of the game.

Rippon took three for 43, while Matt Bacon removed both openers and his return of three for 35 represented an excellent day.

But the win was set up by Broom and Kitchen played an important role as well.

He cracked a reverse sweep for six early in his innings and just timed the ball superbly well throughout his stint at the crease.

Broom took longer to get established but once he got his feet moving, the boundaries started flowing from the other end as well.

The 50-run partnership came up from jus 32 balls and really changed the trajecto of the innings.    

In the other games, Wellington beat Northern Districts by 39 runs after posting 269 at the Basin Reserve.

Former Otag player Jimmy Neesham top-scored with 8 from 67 balls, while Hamish Bennett too four for 34 to help dismiss the visitors for 230.

At Eden Park, Auckland held on to win b three runs. Craig Cachopa scored 106 as the home side reached 270 for five.    

Canterbury's Chad Bowes got his side i the chase with 96 from 106. But the visitor were restricted to 267 for seven.

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