New Zealand domestic news June 22, 2014

Broom to return to Canterbury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Batsman Neil Broom is set to end his nine-season stint with Otago and return to Canterbury, where he had made his first-class debut back in February 2003.

Broom joined Otago from the 2005-06 season and has been an important part of the side ever since. In nine seasons for Otago, Broom played 77 first-class matches for 4617 runs at an average of 41.59 with 12 centuries. His next first-class game, his first on return to Canterbury, will be his 100th.

Broom, who has played 22 ODIs and 10 T20 internationals for New Zealand, was also a valuable member of the Otago limited-overs sides, and played 67 one-day matches and 64 T20s for them.

"I have really enjoyed my time in Dunedin and would like to thank Otago Cricket for the opportunities they gave me," Broom said. "I hold the place very close to my heart after spending nine great years in Dunedin. However the time is right for me to return to Christchurch with my family."

"Neil has made a wonderful contribution to Otago Cricket since he moved down nine years ago," said Ross Dykes, the Otago Cricket CEO. "His record speaks for itself but one can never speak of Neil's batting without fondly recalling his remarkable century against Perth Scorchers at Jaipur in the Champions League in 2013. He leaves a big hole in all forms of cricket but we wish him and his family the very best for their future and thank him sincerely for all that he gave Otago on and off the field."

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  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Nonsense... Otago will eat your souls!! Lolz...

    Brendon and Nathan McCullum, Wagner, Neesham, Rutherford, Bracewell, Doeschate, Duffy, Beard and co. are coming for the triple babay!!The HRV is better represented by Otago Volts anyway in the Champions League T20 as Anderson plays for Mumbai and, as it is this time, he will be unavailable for the Knights, who are good at home but whose ability to lift will be tested. Oooooo-taaaaaaaa-gooooooo!! 8-)

    fyi - stop bypassing my comments cricinfo.. last one was the same as this one but had to rewrite and this just the same but weaker. Yawn...

  • jared on June 22, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    @ choppa13 nicol has been offered the captaincy in auckland, cachopa is heading back too and brownlie is off to northern districts to try his hand at opening, add to that the retirement of stewart and tom latham now probably a perminant place in the black caps, they look very weak. you're right about the knights they will be tough to beat but im a pretty bias cd fan being from the region and having a couple of old team mates in the side so gotta back them

  • Blake on June 22, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    @choppa13 - Brownlie is going to the Northern Knights. Unsure about the other two.

  • joe on June 22, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut mate just wondering where brownlie and cachopa are off to? Nicol going back to the aces? I think it will be the knights that will dominate the NZ provincial ranks this coming season

  • jared on June 22, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    canterbury are gonna need him, losing brownlie, cachopa and rob nicol, there batting is going to be severely depleted, broom will be a bit of a boost for them, no doubt they will look outside the region for talent but i hope they pick a young fella by the name of arnie yagaraja, you'll have to excuse the spelling it's probably wrong but he was a great age grade rep and is from the region so hopefully they develop a guy like that before poaching other regions players. if canterbury can put some sort of batting order together their bowling will keep them in the hunt but shouldn't be a match for the mighty stags

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