Firebirds soar to victory

A solid showing from the State Wellington Firebirds top order ensured they completed a seven-wicket Twenty20 victory over State Otago Volts inside 17 overs.

Openers Michael Parlane (48) and Stephen Fleming (32) put on 91 for the first wicket as the hosts chased the Volts’ 139, attained at a cost of seven wickets.

An unbeaten partnership of 33 off 23 balls between Grant Elliot (27 not out) Jesse Ryder, who hit two fours and a six to finish, ensured victory.

Earlier, Nathan McCullum found the boundary six times in a 27-ball knock of 46 to top the Otago scorecard.

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