I started scripting this blog about Ross Taylor's impressive performance in HRV Cup, by then the finals between the Central Stags and Auckland Aces had already caught fire at Ply Mouth, New Zealand. Ross was already on the field in the HRV Twenty 20 Cup finals, and what a knock it was!!! The live score on the NZ cricket official website was struggling to catch up with the pace of the scoring of Ross!!! And I mean it. Auckland Aces won the toss and elected to bowl. Central Stags were struggling at 3/71 when Ross the Boss scored a mind boggling 80 runs of 30 balls with 8 sixes and 5 fours helped Central Stags to score 206 in 20 overs. Chasing the tall 207, Aces were all out for 128 with all the 5 mainline bowlers of Stags sharing 2 wickets each.
The Royal Challenger had a great outing this year with his bat for Central Stags. Ross contribution in this domestic series is as follows:
Jan 3rd 2010 - 47, against Wellington Firebirds
3rd Jan 2010 - 40, against Otago Volts
8th Jan 2010 - 53, against Northern Knights
13th Jan 2010 - 53, against Canterbury Wizards
17th Jan 2010 - 31 against Auckland Aces
24th Jan 2010 - 23*, against Otago Volts
26th Jan 2010 - 28*, against Northern Knights
31st Jan 2010 – 80 against Auckland Aces in finals of HRV Cup.
Way to go Ross, The Boss!!!
With this win Central Stags are the champions of the HRV Twenty20 Cup and are qualified to play the Champions League T20 later this year. Victorian Bushrangers(Winners) and Red Backs(Runners) are already qualified from Australia featuring in the finals of KFC T20 Big Bash.
The other issue that would raise the heartbeat of RCB and its fans will be that whom will Ross opt to play for in the Champions League T20? CS or RCB?? Too early, of course, but it matters a lot!!!
In RCB, We TRUST.