Neil Broom returning home to Canterbury
Former New Zealand cricketer Neil Broom will return to Canterbury next summer after nearly a decade in Dunedin.
Christchurch born-Broom moved to Dunedin and the Otago Volts in 2005-06 season and played nine seasons there.
The time was right, Broom said, to return to Christchurch with his family.
Broom played 77 first-class matches and scored 4617 runs at an average of 41.59, with 12 centuries, for Otago, and leaves the Volts with chief executive Ross Dykes' blessing.
''Neil has made a wonderful contribution to Otago cricket since he moved down nine years ago,'' Dykes said.
''His record speaks for itself, but one can never speak of Neil's batting without fondly recalling his remarkable century against the 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.''
Broom's first first-class game for the Canterbury Wizards this season will be the 100th of his career.