The Northern Knights have continued their strong start to the Georgie Pie Super Smash after the Otago Volts came just short of their 146-run target at Seddon Park this afternoon.
Being sent in to bat first, the Knights made the best start possible to a Twenty20 match, coasting along through the first 10 overs with Dean Brownlie and Anton Devcich forming a strong partnership of 50 runs plus.
Brownlie showed just why the Knights were delighted for his signing, scoring 40 off 27.
Anton Devcich was strong with the bat today as well, ending with a solid 23 from 17.
However, it was a tale of two halves for the Knights in their innings.
After the wickets of Brownlie and Devcich, the Knights batsmen really fell away, scoring at almost just a run a ball for nearly a 6-over period.
Brownlie’s run out was one of the most silly pieces of cricket in the Georgie Pie Super Smash so far.
Had it not been from a defiant knock of 45 at the end by Daryl Mitchell, the Knights would have struggled to make 100 runs.
Nathan McCullum chipped in with a maiden over, and the hot scoring from the Knights really began to drop away from then.
In reply, Otago looked like a certainty for the win early on.
Jesse Ryder and Michael Bracewell put on over 50 runs together. Ryder was at his destructive best, scoring at will, and Bracewell began his innings with a six down the ground to get off the mark.
Once Jono Boult had broken the partnership, fortunes began to turn for the Knights, but Ryan ten Doeschate was at his brilliant best and it looked like the Dutch batsmen would steer the Volts home.
The wicket of ten Doeschate was where the Knights won this game.
Just prior to his dismissal he had blasted two sixes out of the park and considerably brought down the runs required versus balls remaining count.
In the end the Volts fell 10-runs short of their target, and the Knights win again.
But perhaps interestingly, todays result was the fourth game of the weekend that the side chasing didn’t reach what many believed to be reasonable targets.