Kelly cleared to play

Nick Kelly will return to the Otago Volts for the one-day game against Canterbury at the University Oval today.

Kelly has missed the past two Super Smash T20 games due to uncertainty about his vaccination clearance.

He played club cricket for Green Island on Saturday, and has now been cleared to rejoin the Volts for the Ford Trophy game.

"Nick has now met his vaccination requirements ahead of [today’s] match," Otago Cricket Association chief executive Mike Coggan told the Otago Daily Times in an email.

Coggan did not elaborate on why Kelly had been withdrawn from Sunday’s T20 game. The OCA had earlier indicated Kelly was receiving his second Covid vaccination on December 10.

Kelly, who scored a magnificent double century in a Plunket Shield match in Dunedin last month, will be welcomed back to a Volts line-up feeling good after a solid Super Smash win.

Michael Rae remains sidelined with injury and has been joined in the casualty ward by fellow fast bowler Jake Gibson, so Travis Muller returns to the squad.

This is only a second Ford Trophy game for the Volts, who were beaten by Wellington by 13 runs in their one-day opener on December 1.

Canterbury beat Northern in its first game, before a rematch was abandoned.

Today’s game starts at 11am.

Ford  Trophy

Uni Oval, today, 11am

Otago: Hamish Rutherford (captain), Dale Phillips, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Josh Finnie, Jacob Duffy, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Matt Bacon, Max Chu, Angus McKenzie, Travis Muller.

Canterbury: Cole McConchie (captain), Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle, Leo Carter, Cam Fletcher, Matt Henry, Ken McClure, Ed Nuttall, Will O’Rourke, Henry Shipley, Theo van Woerkom, Will Williams.

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