Friendly Twenty/20
North Otago vs Otago Volts
St Kevins Artificial, Oamaru, 11 October 2005


Otago Volts 162 ( A.J. Redmond 72, G.S. Shaw 25no, Cameron 2-15, C. Smith 2-29 )
North Otago 166-5 ( M.N. McKenzie 70no, N.W. Rushton 63, Broom 3-10, Shaw 2-16 )
North Otago won by 4 wickets
Scorecard for the match


Neil Rushton

At the start of the 2005/2006 season the Otago Volts first class side took part in a cricketing road show where the first class sides visited the various regions that make up the six different major Associations. The Otago team was to visit Alexandra and then Invercargill as part of the road show but made a stop to Oamaru first where they took part in coaching programs at the schools within the North Otago district. With the continuing growth of the twenty/20 format it was decided that the Volts would also play the local association in what was to be the first game of this format in North Otago.
The Volts team being a first class side with first class contracted cricketers was expected to have a easy win against the locals - however North Otago was to prove that wasn't the case.

The following is an article written by Matt Smith that appeared in the Wednesday October 12, 2005 edition of the Oamaru Mail under the title "Volts jolted as North Otago bolt in"

IT WAS NOT quite an upset of Bangladesh beating Australia proportions, but the smiles were all over the North Otago cricket teams faces after they beat a team of contracted Otago Volts players at St Kevin's College yesterday.
The two sides met for a warm-up match as part of the Otago team's road show around the outlying areas of the Otago district, with the 10 players on the trip travelling to Alexandra today and Invercargill tomorrow.
The Otago total looked to be a fairly useful effort, with Aaron Redmond (72) leading the way.
Contributions from Gareth Shaw (25 not out), Bradley Scott (19) and Nathan McCullum (17) ensured a steady stream of boundaries throughout the innings.
Glynn Cameron was the pick of the North Otago bowlers, keeping his three over spell tight, taking 2 for 15 of three overs.
But as the sun slowly faded behind the hills, the Otago side bore the onslaught of a boundary-based attack from former Otago players Neil Rushton and Marcel McKenzie. The pair, who came together after the early loss of Geoff Smith, peppered the boundary with relative ease.
Rushton showed a willingness to dispatch anything on his legs either past or over the fielders on the leg side boundary, while McKenzie, playing with an injured ankle, found smacking the ball for four or six was preferable to running.
Rushton was eventually dismissed for 63, but McKenzie was unbeaten on 70, although he and fellow not out batsman, Glynn Cameron, may have wished the cars parked on the side-lines had turned their lights on their lights as the ball began to blend into the gloom.
Neil Broom caused a few heart palpitations in the North Otago camp, putting the breaks on when it seemed North Otago was coasting to victory.
He picked up 3 for 10 of three overs, but North Otago got past the target of 162 with five wickets down and an over to spare.
Otago coach Mike Hesson said North Otago always produced quality players and looked to have a good side for the coming year.
"The Hawke Cup side should do well with Neil Rushton coming back and Craig Smith (subject to his availability with Otago commitments)."
The first day of the road show had gone very well, with excellent numbers at the coaching clinics for several age groups.
The district is also very well-set for coaches, with Derek Walker and Marcel McKenzie providing their knowledge this year, he said.


Not quick enough - Otago batsman Bradley Scott playing around a Glynn Cameron
delivery that trapped him lbw during his sides Twenty20 match against a North
Otago selection yesterday, while North Otago keeper Tim Wilson
is set to appeal.

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