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Otago cricket team

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Otago Volts
Otago large.gif
Top: Otago Volts logo
Bottom: Otago Volts Twenty20 emblem
CaptainJacob Duffy
CoachDion Ebrahim
Team information
Home groundUniversity Oval
First-class debutCanterbury
in 1864
at Dunedin
Plunket Shield wins13
The Ford Trophy wins2
Men's Super Smash wins2

T20 kit

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 Dion Ebrahim.


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, 2012–13


Otago Volts batsmen at the Basin Reserve in December 2019
Otago Volts batsmen at the Basin Reserve in December 2019

Team totals

  • Highest total for - 651/9 declared v Wellington at Dunedin 2012/13
  • 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

Individual batting


Highest partnership for each wicket



  • Best inning bowling - 9/50 AH Fisher v Queensland at Dunedin 1896/97
  • Best match bowling figures - 15/94 FH Cooke v Canterbury at Christchurch 1882/83
  • Most wickets in season - 54 SL Boock 1978/79
  • Most wickets in career - 399 SL Boock 1973/74–1990/91



Players with international caps are listed in bold.[7][8]

As of 31 December 2021
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
4 Neil Broom  New Zealand (1983-11-20) 20 November 1983 (age 38) Right-handed Right-arm medium
17 Hamish Rutherford  New Zealand (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 32) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
6 Anaru Kitchen  New Zealand (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 37) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Nick Kelly  Australia (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 28) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
19 Michael Rippon  Netherlands (1991-09-14) 14 September 1991 (age 30) Right-handed Slow left-arm unorthodox
39 Josh Finnie  New Zealand (1996-12-18) 18 December 1996 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Dale Phillips  South Africa (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Llew Johnson  New Zealand (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Josh Tasman-Jones  New Zealand (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Beckham Wheeler-Greenhall  New Zealand (2002-06-03) 3 June 2002 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
14 Mitch Renwick  New Zealand (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 28) Right-handed
12 Max Chu  New Zealand (2000-03-21) 21 March 2000 (age 21) Left-handed
34 Matthew Bacon  New Zealand (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
32 Jacob Duffy  New Zealand (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
37 Michael Rae  New Zealand (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Jake Gibson  New Zealand (1997-08-07) 7 August 1997 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium
Angus McKenzie  New Zealand (1998-07-17) 17 July 1998 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Jarrod McKay  New Zealand (2000-06-08) 8 June 2000 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Travis Muller  South Africa (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Ben Lockrose  England (2000-03-24) 24 March 2000 (age 21) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox


University Oval is used in Dunedin, with occasional matches in Invercargill (Queen's Park) and at the Queenstown Events Centre. 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. Oamaru (Whitestone Centennial Park) has been used in the past but not recently.

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 players


See List of New Zealand first-class cricket records


  1. ^ Canty happy with major sponsor
  2. ^ Seconi, Adrian (17 October 2018). "Hardwork ahead for captain Duffy". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ Seconi, Adrian (22 March 2019). "Unfinished business keeping Craig going". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Otago First-Class Batting Records". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Highest Partnership for Each Wicket for Otago". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Otago First-Class Bowling Records". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  7. ^ All the New Zealand domestic squads for the 2021-22 season, CricInfo, 7 July 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  8. ^ 2021–22 Squad, Otago Volts, Otago Cricket Association. Retrieved 31 December 2021.

Further reading

External links

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