The Otago Cricket Association (OCA) edged ahead of predictions and reported a slightly larger surplus than expected at its general meeting last night.
Jacob Duffy claimed a career-best seven for 89 to help his side wrestle back some momentum in Wellington.
Southland's Robert Dowling is hoping he can help New Zealand emerge ''top of the chops'' in Europe early next month.
Otago will put out plenty of new faces when it takes on Wellington at the Basin Reserve today as the first-class season gets under way for another year.
Otago has secured a home venue for the Championship final with a flawless effort in the semifinal against Tasman in Dunedin on Saturday.
The Otago Spirit will host Hawke's Bay in the Championship final after it dispatched Tasman 64-10 at Forsyth Barr Stadium today.
The last player to arrive in Dunedin from Pretoria turned out to be rather handy. New Otago recruit Dean Foxcroft talks to cricket writer Adrian Seconi.
Otago Spirit rookie Bree Thomas is excited but nervous heading into the semifinal against Tasman in Dunedin this afternoon.
Dunedin Gymnastic Academy head coach Carmel Leslie reckons the region is "punching" above its weight.
The Otago Spirit will be missing Black Ferns midfielder Kilisitina Moata'ane for its Championship semifinal against Tasman in Dunedin tomorrow.
Charles Elton winces a little when you ask him about playing lock. The 26-year-old hates the utility tag even more.
Drug Free Sport New Zealand and Cycling New Zealand have joined forces to launch a new anti-doping initiative at the Oceania Track Championships, which got under way in Invercargill yesterday.
There is one question Otago will have pondered more than any other this winter - how does it score more runs?
Olympian Eddie Dawkins is firmly focused on pedalling as fast as he can and upgrading his silver medal to a gold one at the Tokyo Games next year.