Otago cricket team
|Home ground:||University Oval|
|Plunket Shield wins:||13|
|Ford Trophy wins:||2|
|HRV Cup wins:||2|
|Official website:||Otago Cricket Website|
The Otago cricket team (nicknamed the Volts since the 1997-98 season) are a New Zealand first class cricket team formed in 1876 representing the Otago, Southland and North Otago regions. Their main governing board is the Otago Cricket Association which is one of six major associations that make up New Zealand Cricket.
The team plays most of its home games at the University Oval in Dunedin, but occasionally plays games at the Events Centre in Queenstown, Queens Park Ground in Invercargill and formerly Molyneux Park in Alexandra before the pitch became unplayable. The team mainly plays First-Class, List A and Twenty20 matches against other New Zealand provincial sides, but also in the past has played touring sides.
Aaron Redmond is the Volts current First-Class and List A captain whilst Brendon McCullum captains the Twenty20 side. They replaced Craig Cumming who had captained the side since 2002. Vaughn Johnson replaced Mike Hesson as coach at the beginning of the 2011/12 season.
1924-25, 1932–33, 1947–48, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1957–58, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1987-88.
- State Shield (2)
- Highest Total For - 624 v Central Districts at Napier 2006/07
- Highest Total Against - 777 by Canterbury at Christchurch 1996/97
- Lowest Total For - 34 v Wellington at Dunedin 1956/57
- Lowest Total Against - 25 by Canterbury at Christchurch 1866/67
- Highest Score - 385 B Sutcliffe v Canterbury at Christchurch 1952/53
- Most Runs in Season - 1027 GM Turner in 1975/76
- Most Runs in Career - 6148 CD Cumming 2000/01-present
Best Partnership for each wicket
- 1st - 373 B Sutcliffe & L Watt v Auckland at Auckland 1950/51
- 2nd - 254 KJ Burns & KR Rutherford v Wellington at Oamaru 1987/88
- 4th - 235 KJ Burns & RN Hoskin v Northern Districts at Hamilton 1987/88
- 5th - 266 B Sutcliffe & WS Haig v Auckland at Dunedin 1949/50
- 6th - 165 GM Turner & WK Lees v Wellington at Wellington 1975/76
- 7th - 182 B Sutcliffe & AW Gilbertson v Canterbury at Christchurch 1952/53
- 8th - 165* JN Crawford & AG Eckhold v Wellington at Wellington 1914/15
- 10th - 184 RC Blunt & W Hawksworth v Canterbury at Christchurch 1931/32
- Best Bowling - 9-50 AH Fisher v Queensland at Dunedin 1896/97
- Best Match Bowling - 15-94 FH Cooke v Canterbury at Christchurch 1882/83
- Wickets in Season - 54 SL Boock 1978/79
- Wickets in Career - 399 SL Boock 1973/74-1990/91
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|1||Aaron Redmond||23 September 1979||Right-handed||Right arm leg break||First-Class and List A Captain|
|4||Neil Broom||20 November 1983||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|17||Hamish Rutherford||27 April 1989||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|13||Craig Cumming||31 August 1975||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace||Former captain|
|7||James Neesham||17 July 1990||Right-handed||-|
|20||Darren Broom||16 September 1985||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|77||Jesse Ryder||6 August 1984||Left-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|--||Michael Bracewell||14 February 1991||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|--||Shaun Haig||19 March 1982||Right-handed|
|8||Nathan McCullum||1 September 1980||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|-||Ryan ten Doeschate||4 September 1981||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|17||Dimitri Mascarenhas||30 October 1977||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace||English T20 Import|
|99||Sam Wells||13 July 1984||Left-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|14||Derek de Boorder||25 October 1985||Right-handed||—|
|42||Brendon McCullum||27 September 1981||Right-handed||—||Twenty20 Captain|
|2||Anthony Bullick||30 July 1985||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|6||Ian Butler||24 November 1981||Right-handed||Right arm fast|
|9||Warren McSkimming||21 June 1979||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|11||Neil Wagner||13 March 1986||Left-handed||Left arm fast|
|15||James McMillan||14 June 1978||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|90||Nick Beard||16 September 1989||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|--||James Fuller||24 January 1990||Right-handed||Right arm fast|
|--||Steven Finn||4 April 1989||Right-handed||Right arm fast||English 4-day import|
|32||Jacob Duffy||2 August 1994||Right-handed||Right arm fast||Development player|
Carisbrook and the University Oval have been used in Dunedin, with occasional matches in Invercargill (Queen's Park), and Oamaru (Whitestone Centennial Park). Many matches have been played at Molyneux Park in Alexandra in recent decades, particularly during the Christmas-New Year holiday season. The warm, dry summer climate of Central Otago can make for better cricketing conditions than the wetter coastal areas. In recent years the Queenstown Events Centre has been developed as a venue.
Twenty20 Champions League
A rapid expansion of Twenty20 cricket led to the creation of the Twenty20 Champions League. It is a competition between various teams from the domestic Twenty20 competitions of Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, India, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand.
In the 2008/09 domestic season of the State Twenty20, Otago came out as the champions, and so were eligible to compete in the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League. However, they lost both their opening games in the competition and so weren't able to progress further.
The Volts again qualified for the league in the 2013 season where they were much more successful entering the competition having won a string of Twenty20 matches which eventually ended at fifteen when they lost the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
Main Article: List of Otago representative cricketers
Notable Foreign Players
- Neil Mallender 1983/1984-1992/1993
- Mohammad Wasim 2002/2003-2004/2005
- Jonathan Trott 2005/2006
- Kyle Hogg 2006/07
- Alex Gidman 2007/08
- Dimitri Mascarenhas 2008/09
- Yasir Arafat 2009/10
- Steven Finn 2011
- Ryan ten Doeschate 2012/13