Volts v Scorchers
After their round one match versus the Mumbai Indians was abandoned, the Volts picked up where they left off against the Perth Scorchers in Jaipur last night. Opener Neil Broom clobbered 117 from just 56 balls including nine fours and 8 sixes, remarkable considering he faced 14 dot balls, especially early on when he lost partners quickly.
Broom helped the Volts reach the highest team score in the Champions League T20 of 242. In the second innings, Ian Butler immediately rocked Perth back with two quick wickets and a run out. He finished with three scalps, as the Volts restricted the Scorchers to 180 to take the win. It extends the Volts' winning stretch to 14, and should fill them for confidence for the rest of the tournament.
The McCullum brothers starred as the Volts registered a stirring five wicket win over their toughest opposition yet at the Champions League T20. Tight bowling restricted the Sunrisers to a gettable 143, with Nathan McCullum giving up just 23 runs for two wickets from his four overs, with Brendon McCullum (67) and Hamish Rutherford (27) leading the charge.
The southern men made it home with 22 balls to spare, and carry hot form and real momentum into the main draw, and should be confident taking on any side they meet. Next up are the IPL's Mumbai Indians in the early hours of Tuesday morning NZ time.
The Otago Volts have qualified for the main draw of Champions League Twenty20 with a six wicket win over Kandurata Maroon. With the Volts chasing 155, classy import Ryan ten Doeschate jumped off a plane to smack a 32-ball 64, on the way to a solid win.
The Volts will meet fellow qualifiers Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday night NZ time, before taking on the powerful Mumbai Indians in the league proper on 23 September.
A captain's knock from Brendon McCullum helped the Otago Volts to an 8 wicket win against Faisalabad Wolves in Qualifier One, putting them in a strong position to progress to the tournament's main draw. Tight bowling restricted the Wolves to 139, with star batsman Misbah-ul-Haq top scoring with 46. While in reply McCullum, de Boorder (30) and Hamish Rutherford (25) got the Volts home. Their next match is against Kandurata Maroons this evening (18 September).Read the full match report on Otago's site
When the Otago Volts lifted the HRV Twenty 20 back in January
, they took the honour of representing New Zealand at Champions League Twenty20
, a tournament that brings together the best Twenty20 club and domestic teams from around the world, being hosted in India this month. Volts squadOtago's squad
bursts with both international experience and newcomers keen to make a name for themselves on the international stage. BLACKCAPS captain Brendon McCullum brings the international experience, along with his brother Nathan, Hamish Rutherford, Neil Wagner, Ian Butler and Jimmy Neesham, who has recently been recalled to the BLACKCAPS limited overs squad.
Powerful import Ryan ten Doeschate joins the experienced Neil Broom, Aaron Redmond and Derek de Boorder to round out the team. Young pace bowler Jacob Duffy has unfortunately torn a hamstring and won't take part in the tournament.
The Volts beat the Wellington Firebirds in the HRV Twenty20 final to claim their spot in the Champions League T20. Preparation
The Volts have been in the subcontinent for some time, to acclimatise to the conditions they'll experience in India. They went through four warm up matches in Sri Lanka unbeaten
, before a storming win against an Punjab XI
, making 258-5 from their 20 overs, on the back of a Jimmy Neesham century from just 40 balls. If they can carry this form into the tournament, they'll be well positioned to challenge. Qualification
To play in the Champions League Twenty20 main draw, the Volts will need to make it out of a qualifying group. They start against the Faisalabad Wolves, then playing the Kandurata Maroons and Sunrisers Hyderabad - read the full draw
. Realistically, two wins should see them through. Coverage
All the Volts' games are live on Sky Sport - coverage details are on the draw
. All matches will be live scored at blackcaps.co.nz. You can also get updates on Twitter by following @otagovolts
has all the news, stats and updates from the tournament.
The experienced Ian Butler will lead the attack for the Volts.