Super Smash: Hamish Rutherford blasts stylish 62 but Canterbury Kings roll Otago Volts

Hamish Rutherford's 62 couldn’t lift the Otago Volts to victory in their faltering run chase.

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Hamish Rutherford’s 62 couldn’t lift the Otago Volts to victory in their faltering run chase.

Former Black Caps opener Hamish Rutherford blasted a stylish 62 but the Otago Volts fell short in another run chase against the Canterbury Kings on Sunday.

The Otago captain’s 62 off 48 balls was not complemented by his team-mates as Canterbury rolled the Volts by 36 runs under the lights at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval in the men’s Super Smash.

The Volts fell 53 runs short against the Central Stags in their last match and sit fourth in the table after their third defeat from five to the Kings, who move up to second after their third victory from five matches on the back of a controlled bowing display.

Black Caps spinner Todd Astle (2-25) and Canterbury paceman Henry Shipley (2-17) were excellent with the ball, as was the economical Cole McConchie (0-20) from his four overs.

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Rutherford was the only batter who troubled Canterbury’s attack and Otago’s faltering chase ended on 132-8, with Black Caps quick Matt Henry (2-19) nabbing his wickets in the final overs.

Batting first, Chad Bowes (50 off 32) and Black Cap Henry Nicholls’ unbeaten 49 off 37 lifted Canterbury to 173-6, but Bowes’ departure in the 13th over led to a middle-order collapse.

Nicholls anchored their innings without looking in top form ahead of next week’s first test against Bangladesh in Mount Maunganui. He struggled with his timing but played a crucial knock as the hosts lost 4-17 while he was at the crease.

Henry Nicholls made an unbeaten 49 for Canterbury, batting first.

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Henry Nicholls made an unbeaten 49 for Canterbury, batting first.

Angus McKenzie was the pick of Otago’s bowlers, with 2-28 with his medium pace, as the Volts dragged back the hosts’ early charge when they were scoring freely at about nine an over.

In reply, Otago were 44-2 after the powerplay after Shipley removed Josh Tasman-Jones (2) and Neil Broom (2). Neil Kelly (22 off 16) was then expertly stumped by Cam Fletcher after raising his foot above the crease for Astle’s first wicket.

Rutherford brought up his 50 off 33 balls in the 11th over but Anaru Kitchen was out the next ball, caught behind off Edward Nuttall (1-35), and the skipper was losing partners as the required run rate climbed to more than 10 an over.

Astle’s leg-spin then knocked Llew Johnson’s (4) stumps over and Otago, who needed 72 to win from 30 balls, ran out of steam despite Rutherford’s innings of seven fours and one six, although it ended tamely when he was run out in the 17th over by Bowes.

Chad Bowes scored 50 as Canterbury made a positive start with the bat.

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Chad Bowes scored 50 as Canterbury made a positive start with the bat.

Canterbury won the toss and started excellently with the bat, reaching 95 from 10 overs after an opening stand of 75 between Bowes and Ken McClure (34 off 27 balls).

The Kings struggled to maintain that momentum, with only 47 runs scored between the 10th and 18th overs as McConchie (1), Fletcher (2), Leo Carter (2) and Shipley (2) were out cheaply, but they finished their innings strongly because of Henry’s breezy 23 off nine balls.

Anaru Kitchen (1-33) and Michael Rippon’s (1-28) spin restricted the Kings, but Henry’s onslaught changed the game as he shared 34 in their last partnership with Nicholls.

He was dropped on the boundary by Neil Broom on 2, then smashed two enormous sixes and one four as the Kings hit 31 from the final two overs to reach 173-6.

Otago had responded well with the ball but failed with the bat again.

At Hagley Oval, Christchurch: Canterbury Kings 173-6 (Chad Bowes 50 off 32 balls, Henry Nicholls 49no off 36, Ken McClure 34 off 27; Angus McKenzie 2-28) beat Otago Volts 137-8 (Hamish Rutherford 62 off 48; Henry Shipley 2-17, Matt Henry 2-19, Todd Astle 2-25) by 36 runs.

Batting MVP: Hamish Rutherford (Volts)

Bowling MVP: Henry Shipley (Kings)

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