Jeet Raval and Michael Rippon were bright spots, Colin de Grandhomme wasn’t and the rain eventually spoiled everyone’s night at Seddon Park.
The upshot was Northern Brave and Otago Volts are on the T20 Super Smash board with the points they shared from a wet night in Hamilton on Friday that was more super slush than smash and didn’t allow for a result.
Otago Volts, looking to bounce back from its loss to the Central Stags last Sunday, won the toss with captain Hamish Rutherford electing to chase – a pursuit that never started.
Northern Brave, in its first game of the season, was just 2.3 overs in before the rain rolled in – with its score at 18-1 – resulting in a significant delay that, at that stage, cut the match to a rain-reduced 17 over contest.
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Raval made a brisk start – either side of the rain delay – with four fours and a pair of sixes but his luck with charging down the wicket finally ran out on 33 when he missed one from Michael Rippon and Max Chu completed a sharp stumping.
Raval and Joe Carter put on a lively 38 run partnership for the second wicket but when the former Black Caps test opener fell, regular wickets soon tumbled.
Carter and then Henry Cooper fell in consecutive overs to reduce Northern to 80-4 after 9.2 overs.
Out of form Black Cap Colin de Grandhomme’s first five balls were a frustrating watch.
A four over the top of cover then offered some hope but in his next ball, he holed out to a half-tracker from Rippon on the square leg boundary.
Scott Kuggeleijn looked to bring some momentum to the innings with a towering six but was gone for eight just three balls later.
And a couple of balls after that, the rain returned at 106-6 from 13 overs, as the players left the field again.
After a lengthy delay, that interruption eventually brought a premature end to the match with the points shared.
AT A GLANCE:
T20 Super Smash – week two
Seddon Park, Hamilton: Northern Brave 106-6 in 13 overs (Jeet Raval 33 off 18, Joe Carter 20 off 18, Henry Cooper 19 of 14; Michael Rippon 3-32 off four). Match ended due to ran