Neil Broom, who has had a quiet time in India so far in the Champions League Twenty20 2013 qualifiers and the New Zealand A series before that, chose the right moment to blaze into form and into the record books, leading a 62-run Otago Volts demolition of Perth Scorchers at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday (September 25). (Match highlights | Match Scorecard | Match pics)
Broom batted through the Otago innings after they had been put in by Simon Katich, the Perth captain, and walked off unbeaten on 117 off just 56 balls, only the fifth century in CLT20 history and the third highest individual score. Otago comfortably topped Royal Challengers Bangalore's 215 for 8 in 2011 as the previous highest team score in the CLT20, racking up a massive 242 for 4 against the hapless Perth bowlers who didn't know what hit them when Broom, in the company of Ryan ten Doeschate (66 off 26), cut loose. (It was a special knock, says Neil Broom)
Perth were never in the running for the unlikely target, and could only manage 180 for 6, pushing Otago to six points in Group A alongwith a healthy net run-rate.