Otago extend lead with big victory
Otago 181 for 8 (Wilson 67, Bracewell 53) beat Wellington 162 (Taylor 65, Wells 4-24) by 19 runs
Half-centuries from Michael Bracewell and Brad Wilson set up Otago's 19-run win against Wellington at the Basin Reserve, extending the team's lead at the top of the Georgie Pie table to six points. Otago, after being inserted, lost their openers Anaru Kitchen and Neil Broom early, but Bracewell and Wilson counterattacked with a 96-run partnership. While Bracewell eventually fell for a 36-ball 53, Wilson stayed at the crease for five more overs, stroking 67 off 46 balls, with four fours and three sixes. The pair's blitz ensured Otago compiled a total of 181 for 8.
Wellington failed to get going in their chase, as Jacob Duffy (3 for 23) and Sam Wells (4 for 24) struck at regular intervals to bowl the hosts out for 162. Matt Taylor stood up with a 41-ball 65, but received little by way of support from his team-mates, as only three other batsmen managed double-digit scores. The defeat left Wellington rooted second from bottom, with just eight points from six matches.