Otago cricket team

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Captain New Zealand Hamish Rutherford
Coach New Zealand Rob Walter
Team information
Colors      Blue
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, Queen's 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 and Ryan ten Doeschate captain 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.


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 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
  • 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.[8][9]

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Michael Bracewell New Zealand (1991-02-14) 14 February 1991 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
4 Neil Broom England (1983-11-20) 20 November 1983 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm medium pace Overseas player
Sean Eathorne New Zealand (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm off break
Anaru Kitchen New Zealand (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 33) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
17 Hamish Rutherford New Zealand (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 28) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Brad Wilson New Zealand (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm off break
Josh Finnie New Zealand (1996-12-18) 18 December 1996 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm off break
7 James Neesham New Zealand (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium NZC contract
Christi Viljoen Namibia (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
99 Sam Wells New Zealand (1984-07-13) 13 July 1984 (age 32) Left-handed Right arm medium pace
14 Derek de Boorder New Zealand (1985-10-25) 25 October 1985 (age 31) Right-handed
Ryan Duffy New Zealand (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 26) Right-handed
Warren Barnes New Zealand (1992-05-08) 8 May 1992 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Mark Craig New Zealand (1987-03-23) 23 March 1987 (age 30) Left-handed Right arm off break NZC contract
32 Jacob Duffy New Zealand (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm fast
Jack Hunter New Zealand (1995-04-28) 28 April 1995 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
Rhys Phillips New Zealand (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Michael Rae New Zealand (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Brad Scott New Zealand (1979-09-16) 16 September 1979 (age 37) Left-handed Left arm fast-medium
Craig Smith New Zealand (1985-01-09) 9 January 1985 (age 32) Right-handed Left arm medium-fast
Nathan Smith New Zealand (1998-07-15) 15 July 1998 (age 18) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
11 Neil Wagner New Zealand (1986-03-13) 13 March 1986 (age 31) Left-handed Left arm medium-fast NZC contract


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 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


External links[edit]