Opener Aaron Redmond became the first centurion in this season's Twenty20 cricket competition, belting Otago to an impressive five-wicket win over Central Districts at University Oval today.
Redmond's 100 off 56 balls further extended his lead as the competition's top run-scorer on 324, as Otago reached Central's 185 for six with an over to spare after Central were penalised six runs for a slow over rate.
Redmond's century included six fours and seven well-struck sixes, and further entrenched Otago's position at the top of the table alongside Auckland with five wins from six games.
Injury-plagued allrounder Jacob Oram, playing his first match since injuring his achilles tendon in the third one-day match for New Zealand against the West Indies in early January, impressed with the bat for Central.
Central were 70 for three in the 11th over when Oram came to the wicket. When he fell, to a tidy catch by wicketkeeper Derek de Boorder off the bowling of captain Craig Cumming, another 66 had been added to the Central's total.
Oram's 51 came off 27 balls, and included two fours and five massive sixes.
Recently returned Black Caps Nathan McCullum, with two for 24 off his four overs, and Ian Butler, with two for 29, were the best of the Otago bowlers.