Iain Robertson has been added to the Otago side for its
twenty/20 game against Wellington at the Basin Reserve
The all-rounder will provide cover for Black Caps duo Jimmy
Neesham and Nathan McCullum.
The pair will play against Wellington but will join the
national side in South Africa for the one-day series and will
miss the remainder of the campaign, including Sunday's match
against Central Districts at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth.
It is likely Sam Wells will join Otago in time for Sunday's
Ian Butler carried the drinks in the comprehensive 93-run win
against Central earlier this week and will probably be
lumbered with the role again, while Robertson will join him
on the sideline.
A determined run chase from the Central Stags ended the
Auckland Aces' HRV Cup playoff hopes at New Plymouth's
Pukekura Park yesterday. After posting a competitive 181 for
six from 20 overs, Auckland was unable to break the 100-run
third wicket partnership of Matthew Sinclair (71 from 52) and
Ben Smith (59 from 31) until it was too late, and Central
reached the target with three balls to spare.
It means Auckland's dream of reaching the top three playoffs
is effectively over, with the Northern Knights and Wellington
Firebirds both eight points ahead of them with two games to
While the result was disappointing for the defending
champion, it was good news for Otago, which is now guaranteed
a playoff spot even if it loses its remaining three
Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Aaron Redmond, Ryan ten
Doeschate, Nathan McCullum, Jimmy Neesham, Michael Bracewell,
Derek de Boorder (captain), James Fuller, Nick Beard, Jacob
Duffy, Ian Butler, Iain Robertson.