All-round Otago crush Wellington

Otago 204 for 3 (Ten Doeschate 60*, Rutherford 53, Broom 51) beat Wellington 122 (Ryder 37, Beard 4-16, Butler 3-32) by 82 runs

Otago scored a crushing 82-run win over Wellington at the University Oval in Dunedin.

Openers Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom scored half-centuries in a 105-run opening stand that laid the path for the daunting total, which was followed by a 29-ball 60 from Netherlands allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate. In reply, Wellington's openers Tamim Iqbal and the in-form Jesse Ryder also played aggressively, but both departed by the eighth over, which was followed by regular wickets that sealed the contest.

Wellington, after opting to field, were behind in the game right from the outset. They achieved their first breakthrough in the 11th over, but by then their opponents were already going at more than 10 runs per over. After a calmer period in the middle of the innings, ten Doeschate added 37 in 3.4 overs with Michael Bracewell, and at the death smashed 41 runs off 11 deliveries, in the company of Ian Butler, to push the score beyond 200. Three of Wellington's bowlers were dismissed for at least 10 runs an over.

Wellington's response, apart from the opening stand, lacked resistance. Spinner Nick Beard claimed figures of 4 for 16, as they were bowled out for 122 in 17.4 overs. Seven batsmen scored in double-digits, with only one of them, Ryder, scoring more than 14 runs.

With the result, Wellington are tied at eight points apiece in the points table.