Cricket is a game full of statistics.
How times have changed. It was not that long ago Canterbury could boast a swag of international players the likes of Nathan Astle, Chris Cairns and Craig McMillan.
Fast bowler Mat Harvie seemed on the cusp of a promising domestic career until a back injury forced the 24-year-old to sit last summer out.
Steel players and former Sting favourites Adine Wilson and Donna Wilkins have always been able to rely on plenty of support.
The Steel's depth will be tested during the pre-season tournament in Queenstown this weekend, with Silver Ferns shooter Daneka Wipiiti ruled out after having her tonsils removed.
Otago's five-wicket win over Central Districts had everything, and the biggest crowd of the summer was there to witness the drama.
Otago opener Aaron Redmond is enjoying a purple patch and hoping his rich vein of form continues.
If you are looking for reasons to go to the cricket in Dunedin today, here are six of the best - Dimitri Mascarenhas, Aaron Redmond, Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Craig Cumming and Nathan McCullum.
Albion all-rounder Mark Craig could scarcely believe what he was hearing when Otago coach Mike Hesson phoned him with the news.
Black Caps rookie Neil Broom was only partially satisfied with his performance during the recent Chappell-Hadlee one-day series in Australia.
Auckland lowered Otago's colours in Dunedin tonight to join them atop the standings at the halfway stage of the Twenty20 cricket championship.
Four years ago, Ian Butler's cricket career was in tatters, but the Otago all-rounder has battled back from a serious injury to earn an international recall.
Outwardly there is no sign of smiles but inwardly the Otago camp must be grinning from ear to ear.
Aaron Redmond continued his impressive twenty/20 form with a classy innings of 80 to help Otago beat Northern Districts by 21 runs.
Brittany Whelan's show jumping career is really starting to take off.
Auckland pulled off one of the great escapes as it narrowly avoided defeat to Otago in a tense twenty/20 match at the University Oval last night.
First the national selectors whisked Craig Cumming away before the one-day final, now they have called up Otago stand-in skipper Nathan McCullum.
Netball Otago is in a much stronger financial position than it was this time last year after posting a profit of more than $40,000.
Cricket and rugby fans will be able to have the best of both worlds tomorrow night.
It has been more than 10 years since a Rutherford was smacking the ball to the boundary and helping Otago win matches.