A right royal performance

While the Otago women sing the song game after game, Otago's men will be keen to get back on the horse after their third loss in five games.

Canterbury Kings captain Cole McConchie won the toss and batted - and was rewarded with a 32-ball half ton at the top from Chad Bowes and very nearly a 50 in his 50th game from Henry Nicholls, too.

Nicholls was left stranded on 49* off just 37 balls while Ken McClure had tapped his 34 off 27.

Quick scoring was a feature of the innings and, although the Volts fought back through the back end of the innings with quick wickets, Matt Henry strode in for another punchy cameo with a big and bold 23* off just nine balls at the death, including two sixes.

A total of 173/6 was always going to be a fair chase under lights at Hagley but Volts captain Hamish Rutherford gave it a good crack in reply at the top with his classy 62 flying off just 48 balls.

The difference was that he didn't enjoy as much in the way of support.

Leg-spinner Todd Astle (2-25) and paceman Henry Shipley (2-17) kept the lid on while McConchie was tidy with 0-20 from his four overs of off-spin.

Henry meanwhile continued his fun day with 2-19 and the regular loss of wickets stifled the Volts of the momentum they had needed, finishing well short - by 43 runs - at 137/8.