Broom returns to Canterbury after nine seasons with Otago

"The time is right for me to return to Christchurch with my family"

“The time is right for me to return to Christchurch with my family”

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Former New Zealand batsman Neil Broom has returned to Canterbury after spending nine seasons with Otago.

Broom joined Otago during the 2005-06 season and has been an integral part of their batting line-up.

Broom represented Otago in 77 first-class matches, where he scored 4,617 runs at a brilliant average of 41.59.

Funnily enough, Broom’s first game for Canterbury will be his 100th first-class match.

“I have really enjoyed my time in Dunedin and would like to thank Otago Cricket for the opportunities they gave me,” Broom said. “I hold the place very close to my heart after spending nine great years in Dunedin. However the time is right for me to return to Christchurch with my family.”

Otago Cricket CEO, Ross Dykes, added: “Neil has made a wonderful contribution to Otago Cricket since he moved down nine years ago. His record speaks for itself but one can never speak of Neil’s batting without fondly recalling his remarkable century against Perth Scorchers at Jaipur in the Champions League in 2013. He leaves a big hole in all forms of cricket but we wish him and his family the very best for their future and thank him sincerely for all that he gave Otago on and off the field.”

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