Brad Wilson appointed first class captain
Brad Wilson has been voted by a unanimous vote from both players and support staff as captain for the 2016/17 Plunket Shield Campaign.
Wilson, who transferred to Otago last season was one of our stand out players throughout the Plunket Shield last year.
Wilson says "It is a privilege and an honour to be given the opportunity to captain the Plunket Shield team for a very proud cricketing province."
Coach Rob Walter on Wilson's selection stating "Brad has displayed all the characteristics to lead the Volts Plunket Shield side. He is highly respected in the group both as a player and as a person and in my opinion sets a great example to the rest of the team as far as living out the team core values on a daily basis. He was a stand-out performer last season with the bat and hopefully that form will continue into the season. Beyond that I look forward to working with him and the rest of the squad to push for a vastly improved 4 day performance from the team this year."
There will be no official appoint of Vice-Captain this season as the team looks to be using this position as a platform to grow leadership in the group by appointing various different platers as Vice Captains for short periods in order to achieve this growth.
Walter has also today announced his side to take on Central Districts in the first round of Plunket Shield matches in Nelson this weekend commenting that Ahead of the first round Walter comments "It is always a very exciting time of the season as we gear up for the first competitive match of our first class campaign. The players have put in a tremendous amount of work over the winter and rightfully so means they are desperate to get in the middle and start competing."
1. Brad Wilson (C)
2. Neil Broom
3. Derek deBoorder (wk)
4. Jacob Duffy
5. Ryan Duffy
6. Josh Finnie
7. Rhys Phillips
8. Michael Rae
9. Hamish Rutherford
10. Nathan Smith
11. Christi Viljoen
12. Sam Wells