July 31, 2002

Hayward takes on Canterbury coaching director's position

Former Central Districts and English county professional Richard Hayward has been appointed Canterbury Cricket's coaching director.

Hayward has had a long connection with Nelson where he was an integral part of the Hawke Cup-dominating side of the 1980s.

In 50 first-class matches between 1979 and 1985/86, Hayward scored 1766 runs at 26.75 and scored three centuries. In 48 limited overs matches he scored 989 runs at 31.90.

He played first-class cricket for Minor Counties, Hampshire, Central Districts and Somerset.

Canterbury Cricket's chief executive Richard Reid said he was delighted Hayward had decided to join.

"He brings with him a wealth of knowledge gleaned from working both in England and New Zealand. I have known Richard for 20 years and have always been impressed by his knowledge of the game and his communication skills," Reid said.

He will take up his position in September.