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This hundred was special: Broom

Volts opener talks about his 117-run blinder against Scorchers

Otago Volts’ opener Neil Broom chose the match against the Perth Scorchers to regain his form. During his 56-ball unbeaten innings, the batter regularly smashed sixes and fours to collect 117 runs and edge the Scorchers out of the game. After laying the platform with Derek de Boorder in a 67-run partnership, Broom and Ryan ten Doeschate added 128 in eight overs to take their team to 242 and set up a big win for the team.

Volts’ coach, Vaughn Johnson, showered high praise on his ward. “That would be the best Twenty20 innings I’ve seen in the history cricket, live. We knew that Neil was due; he had a couple of starts this series. To play the way he did tonight, was something that didn’t surprise us,” he said.

After the breathtaking innings, which was instrumental in the Volts winning the game, clt20.com caught up with Broom.

Here are excerpts from his brief interview:

You scored the first century of CLT20 2013. How do you describe your knock?

It was a good feeling. To get a slow start and to rebuild the innings with de Boorder was pleasing and to get a 100 feels really good.

Getting back amongst runs with this kind of a knock; how had you prepared?

We had prepared pretty well. We had a three-four day camp in Sri Lanka; played a few of the qualifying games. So I was in good touch. To score a 100 is special.

It feels pretty good to be back amongst runs. The others like Ryan ten Doeschate have been scoring runs. So that’s good and for us players to chip in it makes for a good tournament.

What did you tell ten Doeschate when he came in to bat at 76 for three in the 10th over?

I don’t really tell him much. He tells me what to do. He is a great player and he just got the timing again here today. He got 66 off 26 balls; it is a common thing for him.

Did you plan a counterattack after the early loss of wickets?

After the first two wickets, we thought we had to suck it up for a while. But you still have to score at a decent rate on such a great track. Derek played it nicely; he got off to a bit of a slow start, but he brought it back and got the momentum going, doing it perfectly in the end.

How do you rate your knock?

I am happy with it. I can’t say much about it but it, but I will take it.

What did it feel like to bat here in Jaipur?

Definitely, like Perth it is nice and quick not too much spin. It is pretty similar to back home. So I am looking forward to getting back here in three-four days time and hopefully keep my form going.

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