Andrew Fletcher raised a ton for the second time in his first three Ford Trophy appearances. PHOTOSPORT

Fletcher goes again!



Basin Reserve

31 October 2018


RESULT: Wellington Firebirds won by 193 runs

The Wellington Firebirds wasted no time in bouncing back from a cruel loss against the Auckland Aces, and it was the up-and-down Otago Volts who paid the price.

Home at the Basin, the Firebirds crushed the Volts with a 193-run victory, the largest winning margin (by runs) in the Firebirds' List A history.

The previous record had been a margin of 186, all the way back in the 1971/72 season when their predecessors had played host to the Aucklanders.

Now, in just his third appearance for the team, new opening batting sensation Andrew Fletcher was again propelling the Firebirds forward, from the top: the 25-year-old suddenly has two centuries from his first three Ford Trophy knocks!


All the more remarkable was the South African-born right-hander did it after Volts co-captain Mark Craig had won the toss and sent the hosts in, but it was the capital's cricketers in control early doors, and throughout the match.

Fletcher reached 125 this time, which was more than the Volts managed all put together. And, not even his career best.

Fabulous Fletcher gives it the full launch. PHOTOSPORT

Despite the early loss of Malcolm Nofal, he had solid support from Devon Conway (74) and an unbeaten Michael Bracewell (66*) as the form-horse Firebirds racked up an imposing tally of 301 for six.

Wickets came too late for Jacob Duffy, whose 50th List A wicket brought little joy, and the Volts' reply was a painful affair.

After a superb knock in Hamilton, Rutherford was a key target. PHOTOSPORT

Opening batsman Hamish Rutherford was coming off a match-winning century in the previous round and clung on this time to top-score with just 44, before becoming the seventh wicket to fall after he was caught down the leg side attempting a pull against Hamish Bennett.

Bennett had claimed fellow opener Mitch Renwick in his two-for and Jimmy Neesham chimed in with 3-17 off just seven overs against his former team as the Volts lurched from one calamity to the next.

Jimmy Neesham hit his straps against his former teammates. PHOTOSPORT

Rolled for 108, they will need to go rapidly back to the drawing board before their first home match at Dunedin's University of Otago Oval, against the Central Stags this Sunday.

Meanwhile, Andrew Fletcher remains the toast of Wellington with a batting average of 146.50 and aggregate of 293 runs from his three innings to date. Not a bad start to one's career.

Competition Winner: Auckland Aces

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Auckland Aces 10 6 4 0 0 0 4 28 0.46
2 Canterbury 10 5 4 0 1 0 3 25 0.08
3 Otago Volts 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.21
4 Northern Districts 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.00
5 Wellington Firebirds 10 5 5 0 0 0 1 21 0.01
6 Central Stags 10 2 7 0 1 0 0 10 -0.84

Order in the Table Determined by: 1. Total Points, 2. Number of Wins, 3. Number of Bonus Points, 4. Net Run Rate (NRR - NRR For minus NRR Against over the whole competition)

Points Awarded: Won - 4, Lost - 0, Tied - 2, No Result - 2, Abandoned - 2, Bonus Point (Run Rate 1.25x Opponents') - 1

Elimination Final - Otago Volts won by 6 runs

Most Runs

1D Conway553
2Colin Munro492
3Jack Boyle491
4N Broom471
5C Bowes428
6H Cooper417
7D Foxcroft406
8R O'Donnell401
9Nick Kelly374
10George Worker371

Most Wickets

1B Lister23
2J Duffy21
3A Ellis18
4=M Rippon16
4=S Rance16
6=A Verma15
6=N Smith15
8=A Hazeldine14
8=I McPeake14
10Ollie Newton13

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