Otago v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Jaipur September 25, 2013

Broom's 117 sets up big Otago win


Otago 242 for 4 (Broom 117*, ten Doeschate 66, de Boorder 45) beat Perth Scorchers 180 for 6 (Cartwright 73) by 62 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Exactly at which point Neil Broom had begun to take off is hard to tell. It could be when he struck Burt Cockley for three consecutive fours in the 14th over, or just the sight of Ryan ten Doeschate at the other end, upon which he hit the first of his eight sixes. One can be quite certain that Simon Katich had no idea, because by the time Broom had walked off at the end of the Otago innings having scored an unbeaten 117, the Perth Scorchers captain was looking at a total - 242 for four in 20 overs - far beyond the reaches of his young team.

And it remained so, as they made 180 for 6, and Otago finishing with an emphatic 62-run win. With the win, the New Zealand side not only kick-started their Champions League campaign, they set a few records on the way.

They have now completed a streak of 14 consecutive Twenty20 wins, second only to Sialkot Stallion's 25-match winning streak. They had made the highest team score in the Champions League, as well as their best as a team, and Broom became only the fourth batsman to score a hundred in the competition, and the first in two years.

Broom was the main man for Otago, hammering, swatting and cracking sixes and fours on his way to a 56-ball unbeaten 117. He smashed nine fours and eight sixes. He played out 14 dot balls, most of them at the start of his innings when he saw two wickets fall in consecutive balls in the third over. There were some nervy moments during his 67-run third wicket stand with Derek de Boorder but that was, as it was later understood by Otago's continuous onslaught, a way to unnerve the Scorchers' bowlers. There were some close calls, including a dropped catch at slip by Adam Voges when de Boorder's slash only found the edge in the fourth over.

After de Boorder fell to Voges after making 45 off 28 balls with five fours and two sixes, ten Doeschate weighed in. The Dutch allrounder straightaway went after the bowling, and increasingly, Broom too became aggressive.

Broom saw ten Doeschate survive a catch at long-on, the ball trickling over the rope, and still go after the bowling. Both were now on the charge, hounding the younger bowlers with boundaries off the first ball of their overs. They brought up their 100-run stand in just 39 balls, and Otago reached the 200-run mark in the 18th over.

Soon, Broom reached his maiden Twenty20 hundred with a swivel pull, one of many leg-side sixes during his marauding knock. He struck three consecutive sixes in the 19th over, the second of which brought up his century. His second fifty came in just 17 balls.

The Scorchers' torment worsened when Liam Davis holed out at third man off the first ball of their innings. Ashton Agar, the other opener, fell off the last ball of the over, top-edging to the keeper. And as it happens in such dire situations, there was a run-out, Katich becoming the victim of poor calling with Voges. From 11 for 3, a successful chase looked improbable, to put it mildly.

Otago's blitz from 9 for 2 to 242 for 4 should have inspired the Scorchers but they didn't find a Broom among themselves. Only a 65-run fourth wicket stand between Hilton Cartwright and Voges took them out of the slide, before Cartwright added another 51 runs for the fifth wicket with Ashton Turner. Cartwright was unbeaten on 69 off 53 balls with six fours and a couple of sixes.

But this will be the most memorable day in Broom's Twenty20 career, having not played for New Zealand since 2010. Otago too have proved themselves as a strong domestic side, though they have a lot to prove in the rest of this tournament.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @Maddy20, Hussey played for the Scorchers last season so would have been eligible for the CL i presume. Thisara Perera played for the heat too. I am not complaining here, just simply trying to put forward the fact that the Perth and Brisbane teams that qualified for this tourney are not nearly as strong when they lose their marquee players to other teams and through injury. Perth may look pretty good with Marsh, Hussey, Voges and Marsh in their top six, as it is, not so much!

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    @Harmony111, I guess it is very fair when you have the money to pay more than anyone else... And it is not really like saying "If Warne played for England", because he never did. The likes of Johnson, Hussey, Maxwell do however play for BBL franchises and they are Aussies, afterall. This is not a whinge and to be honest I don't really care but it is an uneven playing field when it is decided by club financials and not their ability to find and nurture local players. Anyway, good luck to the likes of Maxi, Huss and MJ who are lining their pockets for very little effort.

  • Naresh on September 26, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Well done NZ. Its amazing that a small country like NZ can produce talent in cricket. I know of some larger countries who fail to produce cricketers. NZ currently has both batting and pace bowling talent galore. Their fielding is also superb. Watch out for them in the next WC.

  • V.L on September 26, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    @wellrounded87 Watson plays for NSW blues not Scorchers or Brisbane. MG Johnson(Brisbane), Coulter Nile(scorchers) was the only player lost by an Aussie team to Indian team and last I checked, he was thrashed by Samson in the last game. Besides last time I checked Tambre(man of the match), STR Binny Dravid were also crucial contributions from local players. Perera does not play for Kandurata, Steyn plays for Cobras(not titans or Lions that are in the fray) and Hussey plays for Sydney Thunder. So your allegations of BCCI bullying are baseless and ignorant. Besides this is not an ICC tournament and BCCI pays around 200,000$ or something to the teams Johnson, Coulter Nile play for. For all I know Johnson will be dropped by MI XI sometime during the tournament if he continues to concede so many runs(4-0-38-0 in the last game).

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    This is the team which has the team to lift cl t20 cup this because of allrounders they have............... love to see tendo playing international for some country....... england pick him please

  • Amin on September 26, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Having seen the Otago team i don't know how Franklin is getting into the NZ national team?

    Seriously, this was great hitting. But all this kind of innings require some luck. All the big hitters when they succeeding to achieve a high score like this, the stated that they took chances and paid-off; everything on that day works in favour for them.

  • James on September 26, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    @Antony Evans, No one is talking about it because it was mediocre. He was very edgy in the beggining and could have been out a handful of times during his innings, he is a clean hitter of the ball sometimes but not great. I think Ten Doschate's innings was better but even he had some luck.

  • o on September 25, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Otago my dark horses to win it, like I said before tournament got under way they have the best top5 and really showed that today when Rutherford fell early and McCullum went for a golden Perth and Katich looked like they thought they had won what a surprise was in for them haha. Great side I was gutted the M.I game was rained off as I think they would really push the champions !

  • Harmon on September 25, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    @Jono Makim:

    Indeed the Aussie teams are missing a few top players but these players also happen to be the top players of IPL teams so why should 'they' miss them? Why is it unfair if the Aussie teams miss them and fair if the IPL teams were to miss them? The players had signed contracts with both the teams, how does one team have more right on them over the other? If anything the CLT20 rules are unfair on IPL teams cos they have to pay compensation for picking their own players.

    Btw, it was an all IPL Final in CLT20 2011.


    Of course if we rearrange the players then the situation would be different. This is like saying had Warne played for England then Eng would have won a lot more in 90s. Reasonable but hypothetical. No one bullied anyone here. Some players themselves chose to play for their IPL teams over some other team. The other team has no claim on the players anymore than the IPL teams who are unfairly paying these teams for having their own core players.