Otago cricket team
|Colors|| Blue |
|Home ground||University Oval|
|Plunket Shield wins||13|
|Ford Trophy wins||2|
|Super Smash 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 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. He replaced Mark Craig, who was named but suffered a family bereavement and subsequent injury. Their current coach is Rob Walter.
- Plunket Shield (13)
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.
- Ford Trophy (2)
- Super Smash (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 Glenn 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
- 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
This section needs to be updated.December 2015)(
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|Michael Bracewell||14 February 1991||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|4||Neil Broom||20 November 1983||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|Anaru Kitchen||21 February 1984||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|17||Hamish Rutherford||27 April 1989||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Brad Wilson||10 April 1985||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|Mark Craig||23 March 1987||Left-handed||Right arm off break||NZC contract|
|Josh Finnie||18 December 1996||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|Christi Viljoen||28 September 1987||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace||overseas player|
|Michael Rippon||14 September 1991||Right-handed||Left arm Slow left-arm chinaman|
|99||Sam Wells||13 July 1984||Left-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|14||Derek de Boorder||25 October 1985||Right-handed||—|
|Ben Cox||2 February 1992 (age 27)||Right-handed||--||Overseas player|
|Warren Barnes||8 May 1992||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|32||Jacob Duffy||2 August 1994||Right-handed||Right arm fast|
|Jack Hunter||28 April 1995||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|Rhys Phillips||6 May 1988||Right-handed||Right arm leg break|
|Michael Rae||13 June 1995||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|Nathan Smith||15 July 1998||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
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 foreign players
- Neil Mallender 1983/1984-1992/1993
- Robert Smith 2001/2002
- 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
- Canty happy with major sponsor
- Seconi, Adrian (2018-10-17). "Hardwork ahead for captain Duffy". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
- Seconi, Adrian (2019-03-22). "Unfinished business keeping Craig going". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
- Otago First-Class Batting Records
- Highest Partnership for Each Wicket for Otago
- Otago First-Class Bowling Records