Wellington Firebirds Grab Victory, But Without Luke Wright's Help

nikki morganCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2010

Firbirds English import Luke Wright
Firbirds English import Luke WrightClive Mason/Getty Images

The third match of the HRV Cup has been the closet of the three games, with the Otago Volts going down to the Wellington Firebirds by three wickets at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

After being put in to bat first, the Otago Volts reached 153 for 5. Former Black Caps batsman Aaron Redmond topped scored for the Volts with 82 from 54 balls, with Neil Broom and Darren Stevens making scores of 23 each. Damien Wright was the pick of the bowlers for the Firebirds, doing a great job with the ball with two wickets from his four overs only 10 runs scored off his bowling.

The Firebirds reached their 154 run target with just two balls to spare. Stuart Rhodes top-scored with 49 to help lead them to victory, with Pollard contributing 32 runs and Chris Nevin adding 35. However, Neil Wagner managed to snare three quick wickets for the Volts through the middle order to scare the Firebirds, but to no avail.

Luke Wright, one of the Firebirds' English imports, was expected to make a big impact for the Firebirds in the match but had a shocker of a game with three dropped catches. He made 18 with the bat, but only after being dropped on six. He did manage to snare a wicket with his bowling of Stevens.

The Firebirds are awaiting the arrival of former Australian test opening bowler Brett Lee, who is expected to play five matches. He will make his debut against the Auckland Aces on December 14.

The Firebirds play the Canterbury Wizards at the Basin Reserve tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.