Otago named more than a rugby side for its match against
Northern Districts in Queenstown starting today.
But it is not because of a code change to the oval ball.
Four players in the Otago side - Neil Broom, Nick Beard, Ian
Butler, and Hamish Rutherford - are set to join the New
Zealand XI for twenty/20 matches against England early next
New Zealand Cricket rules allow for players to be substituted
in domestic matches when they go on international duty. So,
when those four leave, another four players will come into
That group is made up of Neil Wagner, Darren Broom, James
McMillan and Sam Blakely. Wagner is expected to play in the
last two days of the game in Queenstown, before joining the
national side for the second T20 game in Whangarei.
The matches in Whangarei are to be played on February 4 and
Blakely, the son of former Otago opening batsman Geoff
Blakely, is a promising left-arm pace bowler. He will make
his debut for Otago if he takes the field.
Pace bowler James Fuller, who took 10 wickets against
Wellington last week, has made himself unavailable for this
match and will not be sighted for Otago for the rest of the
He was only going to play in the T20 domestic competition,
but was persuaded to play in the longer version of the game.
Otago will be keen to take maximum points in the match. It
sits second on the table, 15 points behind Central Districts
with three rounds left.
Queenstown, starts today
Otago: Derek de Boorder (captain), Nick Beard, Michael
Bracewell, Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Mark Craig, Jacob Duffy,
Aaron Redmond, Iain Robertson, Hamish Rutherford, Blair
Soper, Sam Wells. Replacements: Neil Wagner, Darren Broom,
James McMillan, Sam Blakely.
Northern Districts: Brad Wilson (captain), Brent
Arnel, James Baker, Jono Boult, Daniel Flynn, Tony Goodin,
James Marshall, Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi, Anurag Verma, Adam
Wheater, Joseph Yovich.