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Otago Volts
Otago large.gif
CaptainNew Zealand Jacob Duffy
CoachSouth Africa Rob Walter
Team information
Colors     Blue
Home groundUniversity Oval
First-class debutCanterbury
in 1864
at Dunedin
Plunket Shield wins13
Ford Trophy wins2
Super Smash wins2
CLT20 wins0
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 1864 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, Queen's Park Ground in Invercargill and Molyneux Park in Alexandra. 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.

Jacob Duffy is the Volts current First-Class, List A and Twenty20 captain[2]. He replaced Mark Craig, who was named but suffered a family bereavement and subsequent injury[3]. Their current coach is Rob Walter.


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


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


  • Highest Score - 385 B Sutcliffe v Canterbury at Christchurch 1952/53
  • Most Runs in Season - 1027 Glenn Turner in 1975/76
  • Most Runs in Career - 6148 CD Cumming 2000/01–present

Best Partnership for each wicket[5]

  • 1st - 373 B Sutcliffe & L Watt v Auckland at Auckland 1950/51
  • 2nd - 254 KJ Burns & KR Rutherford v Wellington at Oamaru 1987/88
  • 3rd - 306 SB Haig & NT Broom v Central Districts at Napier 2009/10
  • 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
  • 9th - 208 WC McSkimming & BE Scott v Auckland at Auckland 2004/05
  • 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.[7][8]

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Michael Bracewell New Zealand (1991-02-14) 14 February 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
4 Neil Broom New Zealand (1983-11-20) 20 November 1983 (age 35) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
Anaru Kitchen New Zealand (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 35) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
17 Hamish Rutherford New Zealand (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 30) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Brad Wilson New Zealand (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm off break
Mark Craig New Zealand (1987-03-23) 23 March 1987 (age 32) Left-handed Right arm off break NZC contract
Josh Finnie New Zealand (1996-12-18) 18 December 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm off break
Christi Viljoen Namibia (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm medium pace overseas player
Michael Rippon New Zealand (1991-09-14) 14 September 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Left arm Slow left-arm chinaman
99 Sam Wells New Zealand (1984-07-13) 13 July 1984 (age 35) Left-handed Right arm medium pace
14 Derek de Boorder New Zealand (1985-10-25) 25 October 1985 (age 34) Right-handed
Ben Cox Flag of England.svg 2 February 1992 (age 27) Right-handed -- Overseas player
Warren Barnes New Zealand (1992-05-08) 8 May 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
32 Jacob Duffy New Zealand (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm fast
Jack Hunter New Zealand (1995-04-28) 28 April 1995 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
Rhys Phillips New Zealand (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Michael Rae New Zealand (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Nathan Smith New Zealand (1998-07-15) 15 July 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast


University Oval is 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 used as a venue.

Twenty20 Champions League[edit]

A rapid expansion of Twenty20 cricket led to the creation of the Twenty20 Champions League. It was 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]

Notable foreign players[edit]


See List of New Zealand first-class cricket records


  1. ^ Canty happy with major sponsor
  2. ^ Seconi, Adrian (2018-10-17). "Hardwork ahead for captain Duffy". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  3. ^ Seconi, Adrian (2019-03-22). "Unfinished business keeping Craig going". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  4. ^ Otago First-Class Batting Records
  5. ^ Highest Partnership for Each Wicket for Otago
  6. ^ Otago First-Class Bowling Records
  7. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket/81527989/three-new-otago-volts-players-contracted-for-201617-season
  8. ^ http://www.otagocricket.co.nz/small-gallery-article/final-two-201617-contracts-announced/162022/319651/

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]