Renwick to move on from Otago Volts

Experienced wicketkeeper Mitch Renwick has made himself unavailable for an Otago Volts contract.

Renwick (29) has decided it is time to try something else.

"After some thought, I have decided that the time is right to park professional cricket in New Zealand, and explore future career options," he said in a statement.

Renwick made his domestic debut for Central Districts in 2016 before joining Otago for the 2018-19 season.

Over the past four seasons with the Volts, Renwick has amassed more than 2300 runs for Otago in 71 appearances. He also claimed 74 dismissals across all formats.

Renwick enjoyed his best returns against the red ball, where he claimed three centuries and two half-centuries, while averaging 27.8.

He transitioned into an opening batter following the introduction of Otago gloveman Max Chu, and thrived.

Renwick scored 107 against his former team at the start of the recent Plunket Shield season, sharing an opening partnership of 251 with Hamish Rutherford.

Remarkably, he added 134 against Central a couple of weeks later, posting 173 for the first dig with Rutherford.

That form earned Renwick selection in the New Zealand XI side that played Bangladesh, but his form tailed away.

With Chu now ensconced behind the stumps, Renwick’s future for Otago — set to undergo a bit of a rebuild — was uncertain, and it was unclear whether he would be offered a new contract.

He is now in England, where he has played a couple of games for the Gloucestershire Second XI.

"Mitch has been a wonderful team man over the past four seasons and has played many memorable innings for Otago,’’ Otago Cricket Association chief executive Mike Coggan said.

‘‘I recall fondly his Plunket Shield hundred in 2019 that oozed class.

"Mitch has been an integral member of our Volts family and we wish him all the best as he pursues business opportunities outside of cricket."

Otago will announce its first round of contracted players on Wednesday.

 

 

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