Otago cricket team

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Otago
Volts
Otago large.gif
Captain: New Zealand Aaron Redmond
Coach: England Dimitri Mascarenhas
Colours:      Blue
     Gold
     Maroon
Founded: 1864
Home ground: University Oval
Capacity: 6,000
First-class debut: Canterbury
in 1864
at Dunedin
Plunket Shield wins: 13
Ford Trophy wins: 2
HRV Cup wins: 2
CLT20 wins: 0
Official website: Otago Cricket Website

The Otago cricket team (nicknamed the Volts since the 1997-98 season[1]) 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.[2][3] 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.[4] 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.

Honours[edit]

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.

1987-88, 2007-08.

2008-09, 2012-2013

Records[edit]

Team totals

  • 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

Batting[5]

  • 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[6]

  • 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

Bowling[7]

  • 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

Squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.[8]

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
1 Aaron Redmond New Zealand (1979-09-23) 23 September 1979 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm leg break First-Class and List A Captain
4 Neil Broom New Zealand (1983-11-20) 20 November 1983 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
17 Hamish Rutherford New Zealand (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
13 Craig Cumming New Zealand (1975-08-31) 31 August 1975 (age 38) Right-handed Right arm medium pace Former captain
7 James Neesham New Zealand (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 23) Right-handed -
20 Darren Broom New Zealand (1985-09-16) 16 September 1985 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
77 Jesse Ryder New Zealand (1984-08-06) 6 August 1984 (age 29) Left-handed Right arm medium pace
-- Michael Bracewell New Zealand (1991-02-14) 14 February 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
-- Shaun Haig New Zealand (1982-03-19) 19 March 1982 (age 32) Right-handed
All-rounders
8 Nathan McCullum New Zealand (1980-09-01) 1 September 1980 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm off break
- Ryan ten Doeschate Netherlands (1981-09-04) 4 September 1981 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
17 Dimitri Mascarenhas England (1977-10-30) 30 October 1977 (age 36) Right-handed Right arm medium pace English T20 Import
99 Sam Wells New Zealand (1984-07-13) 13 July 1984 (age 29) Left-handed Right arm medium pace
Wicket-keepers
14 Derek de Boorder New Zealand (1985-10-25) 25 October 1985 (age 28) Right-handed
42 Brendon McCullum New Zealand (1981-09-27) 27 September 1981 (age 32) Right-handed Twenty20 Captain
Bowlers
2 Anthony Bullick New Zealand (1985-07-30) 30 July 1985 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
6 Ian Butler New Zealand (1981-11-24) 24 November 1981 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm fast
9 Warren McSkimming New Zealand (1979-06-21) 21 June 1979 (age 35) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
11 Neil Wagner New Zealand (1986-03-13) 13 March 1986 (age 28) Left-handed Left arm fast
15 James McMillan New Zealand (1978-06-14) 14 June 1978 (age 36) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
90 Nick Beard New Zealand (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 24) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
-- James Fuller New Zealand (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm fast
-- Steven Finn England (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm fast English 4-day import
32 Jacob Duffy New Zealand (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 19) Right-handed Right arm fast Development player

Grounds[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Notable players[edit]

Main Article: List of Otago representative cricketers

Notable Foreign Players[edit]

Records[edit]

See List of New Zealand first-class cricket records

References[edit]

External links[edit]