Record-breaking Broom puts Scorchers to the sword

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The Otago Volts powered to a convincing 62-run victory over the Perth Scorchers on the back of batsman Neil Broom's record-breaking century – in Wednesday's Champions League Twenty fixture at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.

The Otago Volts powered to a convincing 62-run victory over the Perth Scorchers on the back of batsman Neil Broom's record-breaking century – in Wednesday's Champions League Twenty fixture at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.

The Volts amassed the highest total in the history of the competition – 242 for four, easily surpassing the 215 for eight achieved by the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the South Australia Redbacks at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2011.

Broom's 117 not out, which featured all of nine fours and eight sixes and spanned a mere 56 deliveries, weighed in as the third largest individual score of the cosmopolitan tournament, which is in its fifth edition. Wicketkeeper-batsman Derek de Boorder and Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, meanwhile, catapulted to a quickfire 45 and 66 respectively.

No Australian bowler was spared, with seamer Joel Paris' figures of two for 50 in four expensive overs the best of a bad bunch. Spinner Michael Beer's role with the new ball, though, afforded food for thought.

The Scorchers' reply was entirely inadequate, ultimately slipping to 180 for six. Ducks for captain Simon Katich and opener Liam Davis and aspiring all-rounder Ashton Agar's failed promotion to the top of the order offered little promise.

All-rounder Hilton Cartwright's aggressive half-century and complementary cameos from ODI cricketer Adam Voges, the enterprising Ashton Turner and wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Triffitt entertained the closing throes. A heavy asking rate, however, soon took its toll.

Fast bowler Ian Butler capped the result, which pushed the Volts to the top and kept the Scorchers at the bottom of Group A, with three handy wickets. Broom, without a shadow of a doubt, was named Man of the Match.

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