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Wellington through to T20 play-offs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/01/2017

Wellington have eased into the domestic Twenty20 championship play-offs with a tense 12-run Super Over win against Otago in a rain-reduced game at the Basin Reserve.

After the skies cleared in time for a five-over lottery match on Tuesday, Anaru Kitchen and Hamish Rutherford saw Otago through to 48-1. Kitchen was caught and bowled by Anurag Verma for 17 off the last ball of the innings.

In reply, Wellington were left stranded on 48-6 when Lance Woodcock was run out pushing for the winning run off the final ball.

Michael Pollard belted two sixes and a four for a five-ball 17 in the deciding Super Over before being caught and bowled by Neil Wagner off the last ball in Wellington's 20-1.

Superb bowling from Hamish Bennett saw Wellington home and the big right-armer removed Rutherford for two and Brad Wilson for one as Otago struggled to 8-2 in reply.

The win means Wellington will host Thursday's elimination final against Canterbury to decide who will meet table-toppers Central Districts in Saturday's final.

Canterbury's spot was assured after CD stole an 11-run win over Auckland under Duckworth-Lewis calculations at Eden Park Outer Oval on Tuesday.

Defending champions Auckland reached 212-4, but their net run rate took a hit when rain halted Central's chase at 82-0 after eight overs.

That was enough for Canterbury to sneak into third place, with a fractionally superior net run rate of -0.217 to Auckland's -0.227.

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