Jaipur, Sep 25: Opener Neil Broom blasted a whirlwind unbeaten century, a breathtaking 117 off just 56 balls, as Otago Volts thrashed Perth Scorchers by 62 in their Champions League Twenty20 Group A match, here today.
Broom butchered the Australian bowlers with his incredible knock as he plundered nine fours and eight sixes to propel his side to the highest total in the history of the tournament - 242/4 in 20 overs.
In reply to this mammoth total, Scorchers ended with 180/5 in 20 overs. Ian Butler took three wickets for 47 in four overs. Hilton Cartwright was the top scorer for Scorchers with 73 not out off 54 with 7 fours and 2 sixes.
The 29-year-old got to the three-figure mark in just 51 balls, the fastest in CLT20 history. Overall, this was fifth ton in CLT20.
Such was the impact of the Broom's electrifying knock, which was third highest individual score in tournament's history, that Otago collected 94 runs in the last five overs.
Only Australian batsman David Warner (135 and 123), who has two centuries two his credit in CLT20, is ahead of Broom in the Champions League.
Broom's was only fifth hundred in CLT20. Broom reached 95 with a six off young paceman Joel Paris and reached the three-figure mark with another big shot as he hit three successive sixes in that over.
Broom was dropped in the first ball of that Paris over, when he was on 87, and he made the Aussies pay quite heavily.
Paris had given away just nine runs in his first two overs as he had rocked the Otago top-order by dismissing Hamish Rutherford and Brendon McCullum in successive balls in the third over but ended up giving away 41 runs the last two.
It was not that Broom went boom boom from the word go. His side had lost skipper McCullum and Rutherford and they were 32 for two in six overs.
Broom got good support from Derek de Boorder (45) with whom he raised a 67-runs to stabilise the innings. But what followed was incredible hitting from Broom and Ryan ten Doeschate, who smashed his way to a fiery 26-ball 66, laced with three fours and six sixes.
Broom and ten Doeschate rattled up a stunning 128-run partnership for the fourth wicket in just eight overs. Jason Behrendorff broke the stand when he dismissed ten Doeschate in the 18th over but there was no stopping Broom.