Plenty of positives to reflect on

Dion Ebrahim. Photo: Getty Images
Otago coach Dion Ebrahim. Photo: Getty Images
Disappointment was at the top of the list.

But Otago coach Dion Ebrahim was able to reflect on a good month.

The Volts were knocked out of the Ford Trophy and Auckland secured a place in Saturday’s final against Canterbury at Hagley Oval with a four-wicket win in the elimination final in Dunedin yesterday.

That is the disappointing part.

But Otago won four games in a row to reach the playoffs and there were some real individuals highs.

Luke Georgeson claimed two five-wicket bags and notched a list A century in the past couple of weeks.

Andrew Hazeldine claimed his maiden list A five-wicket bag and featured in a record Otago 10th-wicket stand with Jacob Duffy.

"Obviously I’m disappointed with the result but overall I’m just really proud of the team’s efforts throughout the campaign," Ebrahim said.

"After the first five rounds things could quite easily have gone off track. But the way the guys galvanised and pulled together to get those four wins in a row and finish with a strong performance was pleasing."

Auckland batted really well to take the game away from Otago. Martin Guptill and Robbie O’Donnell both scored centuries.

But the Volts could have pushed harder in places. The first 15 overs were productive, but the home side lost momentum through the middle.

"At the lunch break we thought we had enough to defend," he said.

The Volts posted 276 on a used wicket.

"When you lose a game you can look back and identify little pockets of time. But you trust the batsmen who are out there to make the right decisions.

"But we thought that was a defendable score and a winning score."