New Zealand news August 9, 2013

Styris in Northern Districts' final contracts list

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand's six major associations have completed their contracting process for the 2013-14 season, handing out 14 contracts each. The associations had already handed out 11 to 13 contracts each on July 26.

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, who turned down a national contract due to uncertainty over his recovery from surgery on his Achilles tendon, has not been included in the list for Northern Knights.

Allrounder Jacob Oram will also be without any contract this season. Oram had given up his national contract in December last year, after reaching an agreement with New Zealand Cricket. He had said he could no longer make "a full-time commitment to NZC" due to various factors including his age and the then impending birth of his second child, but would continue playing Twenty20 cricket for Central Districts and in various competitions around the world.

Veteran allrounder Scott Styris was among those to benefit from the final round of contracting, being added to Northern Districts' squad.

The contracts come into effect on October 1, 2013.

Full squads
Auckland: Dean Bartlett, Michael Bates, Craig Cachopa, Lockie Ferguson, Tipene Friday, Colin de Grandhomme, Donovan Grobbelaar, Gareth Hopkins, Anaru Kitchen, Tim McIntosh, Robert O'Donnell, Matt Quinn, Jeet Raval, Bhupinder Singh
Added: Robert O'Donnell

Canterbury: Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Brad Cachopa, Andrew Ellis, Matthew Henry, Roneel Hira, Simon Keen, Ryan McCone, Matthew McEwan, Henry Nicholls, Rob Nicol, Shanan Stewart, Logan van Beek, George Worker
Added: Simon Keen

Central Districts: Carl Cachopa, Greg Hay, Jamie How, Adam Milne, Andrew Mathieson, Tarun Nethula, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Ajaz Patel, Dean Robinson, Bevan Small, Ben Smith, Kruger van Wyk, Ben Wheeler, William Young
Added: Ajaz Patel

Northern Districts: Graeme Aldridge, James Baker, Jono Boult, Anton Devcich, Cameron Fletcher, Daniel Flynn, Tony Goodin, Jono Hickey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi, Scott Styris, Anurag Verma, Brad Wilson
Added: James Baker, Tony Goodin, Scott Styris

Otago: Nick Beard, Michael Bracewell, Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Mark Craig, Derek De Boorder, Jacob Duffy, James McMillan, James Neesham, Aaron Redmond, Iain Robertson, Jesse Ryder, Blair Soper, Sam Wells
Added: Blair Soper

Wellington: Brent Arnel, Josh Brodie, James Franklin, Mark Gillespie, Andy McKay, Iain McPeake, Stephen Murdoch, Michael Papps, Jeetan Patel, Michael Pollard, Luke Ronchi, Ili Tugaga, Henry Walsh, Luke Woodcock
Added: Iain McPeake

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  • Jon on August 11, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Has New Zealand domestic cricket ever been this strong? Every team can boast 7-8 current or former internationals, and there seems to be some top young players coming through.

  • Rob on August 10, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    @Gagg Hamish Rutherford has a New Zealand contract, so his province (Otago) doesnt need to give him one

  • Garry on August 9, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Where is Hamish Rutherford?

  • jared on August 9, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Thanks Andrew Foruria, sounds like a waste of time import unless he has some kiwi heritage and is trying to make a fist of it over here. Agree with G-Wyll i think daryl mitchell is a huge talent, i would have him in the odi team now, batting at 5 instead of elliot, definatly one to watch. With craig and carl cachopa as well as mitchell showing some class, tom latham is developing nicely and i think jesse ryder will be back alot sooner than snowbadger15 suggests, all of a sudden our batting looks to have a little depth and competition for spots, the future looks a little brighter. Even so there are still alot of average cricketers on those contract lists that are blocking the way of some very talented young players, i know you can't stack a team with youth but alot of those players are past there use by date

  • William on August 9, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Robert O'Donnell looks promising while Northern districts has a strong team. Otago has got probably the strongest team and the addition of jesse ryder will probably make a significant difference to the campaign as he is unlikely to return to the black caps during the summer

  • Richard on August 9, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Northern is looking good. A lot of experience and strength, and guys like Daryl Mitchell and Brad Wilson are gonna score a lot of runs this season (Mitchell for the BC's in a year or so i reckon, how good is all the great young batting talent coming through NZ in all provinces in the last couple of years). And Styris to add some matchwinning genius too. Time to bring the Plunket home like we did with the Super 15 and the shield.

  • Sriram on August 9, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Patels, Vermas and Shahs!!

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut: Simon Keen played a few BBL games for Sydney Thunder last year, along with a List A and T20 game for NSW back in '09. Hardly an inspiring buy, it must be said.

  • Craig on August 9, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Good to see Greg hay in the centrals contracts, one of few guys in Nz to average 40ish in first class cricket, dissapered For a few years but good on him for sticking with it.

  • jared on August 9, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why central districts have picked ajaz patel, he is a woefull spinner and is from auckland, if you are going to go outside your region for a guy why not pick a good spinner like joe walker from northern who missed out on a contract or give a guy from the region a shot like josh poole, he's a good spinner and a handy bat, ajaz patel, i can't understand that. Anyone from canterbury able to tell me who simon keen is i've never heard of him, must be good to keep out a guy as good a arnie yagiraja, (sorry about the spelling). Hope robert o'donnell does well, he was pretty handy for the under 19's. Was hopeing for some exciting talent for the final picks but for the most part its pretty dissapointing, no wow factor at all.

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