In the end, they weren’t even close.
The Canterbury Kings devastatingly dismantled the Volts bowling attack at the University Oval yesterday.
Canterbury took an eight-wicket win with 2.5 overs to go and put on some fine form in Thursday’s Super Smash elimination final against the Wellington Firebirds at the same venue.
The Volts’ innings faltered at times, but a handful of solid performances and a strong finish took them to 185 for eight.
However, it was a total that never alarmed the Kings.
Tom Latham made sure the visitors were well ahead of the game from the early overs.
At times it was his delicate precision, finding the opening seemingly perfect to pierce the Volts’ field.
In others it was his straight power – which he used to devastating effect when he hit five sixes.
Indeed, he had 38 from just 11 balls, putting Canterbury well above the run rate within four overs.
He slowed down as the power play ended and the Volts expanded their field.
But he kept tapping the score and when he left for 66 from 35 balls, Canterbury was in a strong position.
Number 3 batter Daryl Mitchell was equally powerful and showed his quality finishing the chase.
He and Latham made 63 runs for the second wicket before taking control to send the Kings to their goal.
He finished 68 out of 39, clearing the boundary line four times.
Previously, Neil Broom got Otago off to a flying start.
The lead-off batter skipped back-to-back sixes off of Canterbury seamer Matt Henry in the second.
In the other, however, Henry Shipley claimed two wickets in as many balls.
Hamish Rutherford went first, hitting a soft of his legs to Latham halfway through the wicket.
Nick Kelly followed, when he was caught on the border by Mitchell trying to cut an over point.
That left the Volts at 24 for two.
Dale Phillips joined Broom at the crease and the pair made a handy stand.
That ended at 67 for three, when Broom followed a four on the ground by picking one too many, all while getting caught long by Mitchell.
Angus McKenzie was knocked out shortly after, but Phillips kept hitting the ball well to make the scoreboard tap with a quick clip.
He brought in his 50 from just 26 balls, before finally skying one to Ed Nuttall, leaving for a well-made 65 from 34 balls.
It left the Volt at 121 for five.
Anaru Kitchen came in with a handy 28, before Michael Rippon finished strong.
He scored 16 of the last four balls to bring himself to a quickfire 38, lifting the Volts to what appeared to be a competitive total.
Henry Shipley was the bowlers’ choice, finishing with four wickets for 28 runs.