Otago Volts Cruise to Seven Wicket Win in Wellington
Otago's State Shield cricket defence has gained legs after beating Wellington by seven wickets at a windswept Basin Reserve.
After two opening losses, the southerners have picked up bonus point wins over the two most fancied teams.
As with Tuesday's eight-wicket defeat of the State Central Stags, the State Otago Volts bowling unit was on song from the outset and Wellington struggled to 220 for nine.
South African-born left-arm seamer Neil Wagner ensured the start and end of the innings were difficult for the home side, ending with five for 34, his first one-day five-wicket bag.
He was particularly tight at the end when the home side were anxious to push on and take advantage of the 142-run third-wicket stand between Neal Parlane and BJ Crook.
Both those batsmen fell to Wagner, with Parlane scoring 82 off 93 balls and Crook a more reserved 65 off 103.
Warren McSkimming took one for 15 off seven overs and English import Dimitri Mascarenhas two for 39 off 10.
Otago were unflustered throughout an efficient run chase, with openers Aaron Redmond and Shaun Haig scoring 64 and 46 respectively.
Greg Todd followed them with 58 while in-form captain Craig Cumming struck an unbeaten 43 off 36 balls, ensuring his side reached their target in the 39th over and snared a bonus point.
As usual, English seamer Graham Napier was the pick of the Wellington attack, taking two for 29 off 10 overs into the teeth of a howling northerly.
There was concern when Wellington's New Zealand international James Franklin hobbled from the bowling crease during his sixth over and was replaced.