Volts captain Brendon McCullum and coach Vaughn Johnson have showered Neil Broom with praise, suggesting his century in the Champions League Twenty20 game against the Perth Scorchers yesterday was probably the best hitting ever seen in Otago cricket's 137-year history.
Broom struck an unbeaten 117 from 56 balls as he played the lead role in getting his team to 242 batting first to set up a 62-run win in the group A game at Jaipur, India.
The former New Zealand international hit the ball to all parts of the ground in a master-class of timing and power as Perth's bowlers and captain Simon Katich were left scratching their heads trying to find a way to stem the flow.
Unsurprisingly, compliments flowed for the 29-year-old after the match.
"It was an unbelievable innings. It was probably the most electrifying period of batting in our association's history and to do it on the world stage is phenomenal," McCullum said.
"We knew Neil had that in him but for him to be able to show his wares on this sort of stage and bat like that is just surreal."
Johnson said Broom's knock was the best he'd seen in the shortest format.
"He just played magnificently well and we knew that Neil was due after having a couple of starts. To play the way he did tonight was something we were expecting, it didn't surprise us, put it that way," Johnson said.
Broom shared a fourth wicket stand of 128 off 48 balls with ten Doeschate, who blasted 66 off 26 balls, including six sixes.
Ten Doeschate, too, was quick to praise Broom, and believed he knew the reason behind his team-mate's success.
"He's had laser surgery [on his eyes] and it seems to have worked a treat. He's playing the short ball well again and he's got his confidence back."
The Volts' win over the Scorchers extended their Twenty20 winning streak to 14 matches.
Their next assignment is against South Africa's Highveld Lions on Sunday night (NZ time) and a win would put them in the box seat for a spot in the Champions League semifinals.
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