Ruthless batting and bowling display from Kings in Dunedin.

Birthday boy Broom cleans up Volts

Canterbury Kings 211 (Neil Broom 96, Henry Nicholls 61, Ronnie Hira 42) beat SBS Bank Otago Volts 142 all out in 18.0 overs (Sam Wells 35, Andy Ellis 3-28, Cole McConchie 3-30, Ronnie Hira 2-16) by 69 runs.


A whirlwind Kings batting performance lead by Neil Broom's 96 followed by a ruthlessly efficient bowling display blew the SBS Otago Volts away in Dunedin.

Broom took to his ex-team mates with the bat, starting with consecutive boundaries from James McMillan in the third over. Broom and Ronnie Hira, who was dropped when on seven by Iain Robertson put on 114 for the first wicket from 63 balls before Sam Wells bowled Hira for 42 in the twelfth over and Henry Nicholls arrived to continue the assault.

Broom's 50 came up the tenth over and he looked well set for a hundred to celebrate his birthday, but was unable to get the strike off Nicholls, who plundered 21 from the final over. Nicholls finished with 61 from 31 balls, while Broom's 96 came from 59 balls and included five sixes and nine fours in a brutal display that got the Kings to 211.

In reply the Volts, who were missing Nathan McCullum and Derek de Boorder on NZ A duty and Jesse Ryder with a back injury were travelling nicely at 69-1 after seven overs before spinner Cole McConchie removed top scorer Sam Wells (35) and Michael Bracewell for nine to spark a collapse from which the innings the would never recover.

McConchie ended with 3-30 while Andy Ellis extended his lead at the top of the competition's leading wicket-taker list with 3-28. In the end the Volts were dismissed with two overs remaining, with any hope making the playoffs slim if not impossible. The Kings sit second with a game in hand on the comp-leading Knights, setting things up nicely for this weekend's action in Wellington.

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