Neil Broom to retire from Cricket this season

Neil Broom to retire from Cricket after the Ford Trophy (Photosport)

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Auckland, February 15, 2022

It is the end of an era. Earlier this week, Otago Volts veteran Neil Broom announced that the 2021-2022 season will be his final season in the game.

He made his first-class debut up the road for Canterbury in 2003 and continued to play until 2005 when he was approached by Otago management to make the move South.

Broom fondly remembers his early years in Canterbury and credits former Otago coach Mike Hesson, Craig Cumming and Gareth Hopkins for turning him into an Otago Volt.

“I was just a young fella playing alongside some of my idols which was pretty special – I have very fond memories of my time in Canterbury. I was approached by Otago in 2005 and, after speaking with Hess, Sid (Craig Cumming) and Hoppy (Gareth Hopkins), I felt it was best for my future to make the move to the blue and gold of Otago,” he said.

Impressive record

Broom quickly made his mark as one of Otago’s premier batsmen, notching up three centuries and fourteen half-centuries in his first three seasons in Otago.

Since that time, Broom has represented the Volts over 340 times across all formats. The Volts legend is currently the team’s all-time leading run-scorer in List A and T20 cricket, and second only to Cumming’s own monumental stockpile of runs in first-class Cricket.

Broom also represented the Blackcaps in all three formats, playing more than 50 international matches as well as having been a New Zealand U19 representative.

A fine batsman bows out (Photosport)

In his own words, Broom’s time with Otago was epitomised by Otago Rugby teams led by the likes of Marc Ellis, Jeff Wilson, John Timu, John Leslie and Tony Brown.

“I always think about the great Otago rugby team of the late 90s. They were out there giving it a red-hot crack, playing a pure brand of rugby, and they looked like they had a bloody good time doing it. We are not the biggest region in terms of player-pool, so we have to fight above our weight, and I always loved that about Otago,” Broom said.

 

Partners in success

Now a father of five, Broom credits his parents, his partner Mel and his teammates and coaches for his success.

“My parents obviously played a massive role and that has been reinforced now that I’m a father of five and can understand what they did for me when I was growing up. I want to make a special mention to my wife, Mel. She has been my biggest supporter during my career, and I owe her so much for everything she has done, for not only me but our five beautiful children,” he said.

“During my professional career I was lucky to have players like Gary Stead as my Captain in my early years, I went through the NZC Academy with Peter Fulton and he guided me on the right path. I learnt a lot from Craig Cumming about batting,” Broom said.

“There are a lot of other people – Gareth Hopkins, Warren McSkimming, Aaron Redmond, Nathan McCullum, Mike Hesson, the list goes on, but these guys all helped influence me as an Otago player and a man,” he added.

Hero of Domestic Cricket

Otago Cricket Performance Manager, Simon Forde, alluded to the quality of Broom’s character, saying that he has been one of the great characters of NZC Domestic cricket, q majority of which has been in Otago.

“It has been a pleasure to watch him play the game to such a high level and in such a positive manner. Every player that has played alongside Broomy will have a story or two about him as a character on and off the field. He will be missed in the environment by all involved,” he said.

Otago Cricket Chief Executive Mike Coggan also spoke glowingly of Broom.

“Broomy is a wonderful human being who was blessed with and maximised his sporting talent to play for his country. It is great that Neil has bowed out on his terms as Otago’s greatest ever (white-ball) run-scorer. Being a family man, we now look forward to the day that any of Neil and Mel’s five kids come through the Otago system. Thanks for the memories Broomy. The Volts will dearly miss you,” he said.

Broom will hang up his bat after the remaining Ford Trophy fixtures of the current season.

Neil Broom: Otago records: First-Class: Second most runs for Otago: 6085; 15 centuries, third-most for Otago; 38 fifties, fifth-most for Otago; second-most catches for Otago: 69; second-most appearances: 101

List A: Most runs for Otago: 4157; Most centuries for Otago: 8; Most fifties for Otago: 34; second highest list A score for Otago: 164 v Canterbury in Timaru (2009-2010); Most hundreds in a season: 3 x hundreds (2015-2016); Most runs in a season for Otago: 508 runs (2015-2016); Most appearances:120

T20: Most runs for Otago: 2926; Most fifties for Otago: 18; Fourth most runs in a season for Otago: 385; Highest T20 score for Otago: 117 v Perth at Jaipur (2013-2014 Champions League); One of only five players to score a century for Otago (with Brendon McCullum, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Chris Gaffaney); Most catches for Otago: 52; Most catches in a season: 10 (2012-2013 and again in 2019-2020); Most appearances for Otago: 124.

Neil Broom overall career

First-class (Canterbury, Otago, Derbyshire, New Zealand, New Zealand A, New Zealand XI); 149 matches, 8457 runs, high score 203 not out, average 37.42, 18 centuries, 33 half-centuries, 107 catches; plus eight wickets with a best of 1-8.

List A One-Day (in progress) (Canterbury, Otago, Derbyshire, New Zealand, New Zealand A); 187 matches, 6006 runs, high score 164, average 38.50, 10 centuries, 39 half-centuries, 62 catches; plus 6 wickets with a best of 2-59; T20 (Canterbury, Otago, Derbyshire, New Zealand, New Zealand XI, South Island)

160 matches, 3601 runs, high score 117 not out, one century, 21 half-centuries, 64 catches; plus 8 wickets with a best of 2-19

Blackcaps

ODI (2008/09-2017/18); 39 matches, 943 runs, high score 109 not out, one century, five half-centuries, nine catches;

TEST (2016/17); Two matches, 32 runs; T20i (2008/09-2016/17); 11 matches, 73 runs, high score 36, SR 107.35, 4 catches.

Source: New Zealand Cricket

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