Otago has 5 million reasons to pull a lot harder in the tug of war for Brendon McCullum's services.
Otago might have secured a semifinal appearance but its final round-robin match against Wellington in Invercargill tomorrow remains crucial.
New Zealand Cricket Players' Association executive manager Heath Mills has backed the decision to release Brendon McCullum to play for New South Wales tonight.
The Otago Sparks have to improve their depth if they are going to be more competitive in the future, player-coach Clare Taylor says.
Don't blame Brendon McCullum. Blame the rules.
For once, the rugby will be the curtain-raiser.
Otago ended a two-game losing streak with a comprehensive 125-run victory over Canterbury at the University Oval yesterday.
Having gone 20 years without a major trophy, Otago is not ready to loosen its grip on the one-day title it earned last year.
Otago posted its second equal largest one-day score amassing 311 for eight in its match with Central Districts at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth today.
Otago Sparks player-coach Clare Taylor is poised to pull stumps on her coaching career, citing a need for a change.
Otago has a tailor-made plan for a Taylor - Ross Taylor, that is.
The retirement of Matthew Hayden has left Australia searching for its next great opening batsman.
Otago had to settle for two competition points when its State Shield match with Auckland was rained off without a ball being bowled at the University Oval on Saturday.
It's not Bjorn Borg versus John McEnroe or Alain Prost versus Ayrton Senna, but the Otago-Auckland clash has turned into one of the great rivalries on the New Zealand cricket domestic scene.
He has been involved in the coaching of some of New Zealand's greatest cricketers.
The Otago Sparks have a slim chance of making the State League final if they can win their remaining two matches against the Central Hinds in Palmerston North this weekend and other results go their way.
Otago skipper Craig Cumming stroked a majestic century to lead his side to a convincing win over Canterbury at the University Oval yesterday.
The New Zealand bobsleigh campaign is gathering momentum with an announcement due next week on the final make-up of the crew.
Big-hitting English all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas demonstrated his ability to clear the boundary when he whacked five sixes in one over to help Otago reach 257.
Martin Guptill's 100 on debut was like a shot in the arm for New Zealand but let's wait for the stardust to settle before we have the 22-year-old knighted.