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Shock win | PHOTO ESSAY

The crowd is pumped for a big match in Taradise

Volts newcomer Matt Bacon opens the attack with Neil Wagner

Back from the BLACKCAPS, Anaru Kitchen is charged up for what will be a career best 3-24

When he bowls Ben Smith, the Stags are off to a rocky one at 20 for two

Hey, isn't that an All Black in the terraces?

Taranaki pair Will Young and Tom Bruce try to steady the ship

while Wagner just wants more wickets

Big Michael Rae deals another blow, claiming in-form Young fourth over

and the local hopes are now pinned on BLACKCAP Bruce

Pace from one end, spin from the other...

as the Stags try to rebuild

... but Rae stings them again!

The Bouncy Castle is keeping stress levels low up on the bank

as home supporters hope for some timely Cleaver Fever.

Josh Clarkson can hit a long ball too

so Michael Rae bowls him instead: the big fella has 3-14 and the Stags are 55 for five!

The tension is palpable... is it Ben Wheeler's day today?

Or could it be BLACKCAP Seth Rance to the rescue?

The tail wags. Rance's 42 off 15 a career best. Wheeler too, unbeaten on 22 as they get up for 153 for nine

then straight back out to open the bowling together.

The Volts make a much better start with the blade...

Sixes are flying already

as opener Neil Broom looks to cut loose.

A big appeal goes begging...

that must have been close!

This is Broom's view

as 28 for none...

becomes 28 for one!

Shawn Hicks gets a first-baller, suddenly it's 28 for two. Rance is on a hat-trick! Beware the man with no hair!

The crowd is glued to the next delivery...

Hat-trick averted. Now a captain's knock is needed.

Ajaz Patel quickly spins Llew Johnson out of the equation

But captain Nicol is booming sixes now!

Caught in the deep, the captain finally departs on 43!

102 for four, the Stags need more quick wickets here

but Anaru Kitchen quickly gets his eye in

and even when Josh Finnie follows him back to the sheds, at 143 for six the finish line's in sight!

The scores are level when Patel bowls de Boorder. It's all too late...

As the Volts win with almost two overs to spare!

Time for the Sharpie Signing Session with all the stars

and the rematch in Invercargill coming up this Tuesday!


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