Lion-hearted Otago seamer calls it quits

Otago stalwart Warren McSkimming has retired from cricket.

McSkimming made his debut for Otago in a one-day game against Canterbury in December 1999 and later that season made his first-class debut. He went on to forge a reputation as one of Otago's finest bowlers.

In 69 first-class games the hard working seamer took 240 wickets at an average of 24.37, with 11 five-wicket bags and 10 wickets in a match on two occasions.

He took 117 wickets in 96 one-day games, and is Otago's leading wicket-taker in that format.

McSkimming was also a more than useful contributor with the bat, scoring 1705 first-class runs at 20.05, including one century.

He had been a cornerstone of the Otago dressing room and the ultimate team man, and these attributes were important to the Otago teams which one titles in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Yesterday, McSkimming said: "This has been a really tough decision to come to but all good things must come to an end.

"Otago Cricket and the Volts team has been such a big part of my life and I would like to thank the association for everything it has done for me. I have some fantastic memories and have made some great friends with guys who I have played with and people I have met through the game.

"I would like to say a special thank-you to the people associated with Otago Country cricket who helped me over the years."

Former Volts captain Craig Cumming said: "In my time with Otago, I'd say Warren was the most valuable member over a long, long period of time.

"He was our most consistent performer with the ball and did a huge amount to unite the team. He represented everything which was good in cricket."

Otago Cricket chief executive Ross Dykes also paid tribute.

"He is one of those whole-hearted cricketers who would end a day with blood in his boots having bowled 28 overs.

"I think he was unlucky not to have played for New Zealand".

The Southland Times