The Otago cricket team, nicknamed the Volts since the 1997–98 season,[1] are a New Zealand first-class cricket team which first played representative cricket in 1864.[2] The team represents the Otago, Southland and North Otago regions of New Zealand's South Island. Their main governing board is the Otago Cricket Association which is one of six major associations that make up New Zealand Cricket.[3]

Otago
Otago Volts logo
Team information
Founded1864
Home groundUniversity Oval
Capacity3,500 (can be increased to 6,000 by use of temporary seating)
History
First-class debutCanterbury
in 1864
at Dunedin
Plunket Shield wins13
The Ford Trophy wins2
Men's Super Smash wins2
Official websitewww.otagocricket.co.nz

Cricket was first played in Otago in 1849, the year after the province was settled by Europeans, and the Otago Cricket Association was founded in 1876.[2][4] The Otago representative team played in the first match which is considered to have first-class status to have been played in New Zealand, a January 1864 fixture with Canterbury which was part of a four team tournament which also included Southland and an English team led by George Parr which was touring Australia.[2][3][5]

The modern Otago team plays most of its home games at the University Oval in Dunedin, but occasionally plays games at the Queenstown Events Centre, Queen's Park Ground in Invercargill and Molyneux Park in Alexandra. The team plays first-class, List A and Twenty20 matches against other New Zealand provincial sides, although in the past has also played against touring sides.

As of 2024 the team's captain is Dean Foxcroft.

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, 2012–13

First-class records edit

 
Otago Volts batsmen at the Basin Reserve in December 2019
As of 28 October 2022[6]

Team totals edit

Individual batting edit

  • Highest score – 385, B Sutcliffe against Canterbury at Lanaster Park, Christchurch, 1952/53
  • Most runs in season – 1,027 GM Turner, 1975/76
  • Most runs in career – 6,589 CD Cumming, 2000/01–2011/12

Highest partnership for each wicket edit

Bowling edit

  • 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

Contracted players edit

Ahead of the 2023–24 season, 16 players were awarded contracts with Otago. In addition, Glenn Phillips holds a New Zealand Cricket central contract for the season. Other, non-contracted players may play for the side.[7][8][9]

As of 10 February 2024
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
34 Matt Bacon   New Zealand (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
12 Max Chu   New Zealand (2000-03-21) 21 March 2000 (age 24) Left-handed
6 Jacob Cumming   South Africa (2003-12-14) 14 December 2003 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm medium
32 Jacob Duffy   New Zealand (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
11 Dean Foxcroft   New Zealand (1998-04-20) 20 April 1998 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off-break Captain
26 Luke Georgeson   New Zealand (1999-04-14) 14 April 1999 (age 24) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Holds dual Irish/New Zealand citizenship
7 Jake Gibson   New Zealand (1997-08-07) 7 August 1997 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
31 Andrew Hazeldine   England (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 29) Left-handed Left-arm fast Holds dual British/New Zealand citizenship
36 Llew Johnson   New Zealand (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm leg-break
17 Ben Lockrose   England (2000-03-24) 24 March 2000 (age 24) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
27 Jarrod McKay   New Zealand (2000-06-08) 8 June 2000 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
10 Travis Muller   South Africa (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
86 Thorn Parkes   New Zealand (2000-04-10) 10 April 2000 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
8 Dale Phillips   South Africa (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Glenn Phillips   New Zealand (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off-break New Zealand central contract[10]
17 Hamish Rutherford   New Zealand (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 34) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Retired from professional cricket on 23 January 2024
Ollie White   New Zealand (2001-11-21) 21 November 2001 (age 22) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox

Grounds edit

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.

Notable former players edit

References edit

  1. ^ Canty happy with major sponsor, CricInfo, 30 September 1998. Retrieved 23 February 2024.
  2. ^ a b c Otago cricket history, Evening Star, issue 21864, 30 October 1934, p. 4. (Available online at Papers Past. Retrieved 23 February 2024.)
  3. ^ a b McCarron A (2010) New Zealand Cricketers 1863/64–2010, p. 4. Cardiff: The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. ISBN 978 1 905138 98 2 (Available online at the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. Retrieved 5 June 2023.)
  4. ^ Sixty years of cricket, Otago Daily Times, issue 23114, 13 February 1937, p. 22. (Available online at Papers Past. Retrieved 23 February 2024.)
  5. ^ Carman AH ed (1981) A guide to first class matches played in New Zealand, 1863 to 1980, pp. 13–14. Nottingham: The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. (Available online. Retrieved 23 February 2024.)
  6. ^ Otago first-class records, CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 October 2022. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Finn Allen returns to Auckland, Kyle Jamieson to Canterbury, CricInfo, 4 July 2023. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  8. ^ Seconi A (2023) Volts sign all-rounder Luke Georgeson, Otago Daily Times, 4 July 2023. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  9. ^ Men’s Domestic contracts finalised, New Zealand Cricket, 21 July 2023. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  10. ^ Glenn Phillips joins Otago Volts, New Zealand Cricket, 1 June 2022. Retrieved 28 October 2022.

External links edit