Firebirds feast on Volts bowling

01 January 2018 20:42:22 GMTPlus10

Hamish Marshall and Luke Ronchi scored quick runs to put Wellington Firebirds on their way to a seven-wicket win over Otago Volts.

Firebirds skipper Marshall and wicketkeeper Ronchi took a liking to the Volts bowling at the Basin Reserve.

Marshall smacked New Zealand international Neil Wagner for 20 in his first over as he and Ronchi had their team on 75 when he fell at the end of the fifth over bowled by Warren Barnes.

The 38-year-old made a creative 17-ball 43 that included 10 fours - five of them off the bowling of Wagner, who a month earlier had taken seven wickets in an innings against West Indies on the same ground.

Wellington had reached a mammoth 94-1 at the end of the six-over power play, with Ronchi accounting for 31 of those, while wides added up to 16.

Ronchi fell for 49 when he top-edged Wagner to the man on the fine leg boundary, leaving English import Samit Patel to guide the Firebirds home with a quick fire 34.

Samit Patel removed Hamish Rutherford for a first-ball duck and then when he was reintroduced in the ninth over he induced Rob Nicol to hit deep into the wind and find Jeetan Patel on the rope.

That ended Nicol's 73-run partnership with Shawn Hicks, and Hicks was soon out when he skied one off Logan van Beek.

A mini collapse after Hicks fell, with Derek de Boorder and Neil Broom failing, meant the Volts had to rebuild during the final five overs.

Josh Finnie, Brad Wilson and Neil Wagner saw Otago through to 159-7 at the 20-over mark.

Meanwhile, New Zealand are 8.00 to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup, while the Black Caps are 7.00 to win the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup.

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