New Zealand news July 25, 2014

Nicol, Broom and Nethula switch teams

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former New Zealand internationals Rob Nicol, Neil Broom, Dean Brownlie and Tarun Nethula have all switched domestic teams for next summer, while spinner Bruce Martin has missed out on a first-round contract for 2014-15. The six major associations have named their initial contract lists for next summer, although further contracts can be awarded in the second round on August 8.

Nicol has returned to Auckland, where he began his career in 2001-02, after spending the past five seasons with Canterbury, and he will be joined by legspinner Nethula, who will also return to his first team, Auckland, having spent four years with Central Districts. In another case of a player returning home, Broom will head back to Canterbury having played for Otago since 2005-06.

It had already been announced that Brownlie, who was dropped from New Zealand's central contract list earlier this month, had shifted from Canterbury to Northern Districts. Other departures from Canterbury include Brad Cachopa to Auckland and George Worker to Central Districts.

Auckland gained not only Brad Cachopa but also his brother Carl, from Central Districts, although the third brother Craig has left Auckland to play in Sussex. Auckland's first round of offers did not feature veteran opener Tim McIntosh, nor spinner Martin, who was part of New Zealand's Test team less than a year ago but struggled in the Plunket Shield and took 23 wickets at 53.73.

Tipene Friday has moved from Auckland to Otago, while Otago have also handed a contract to fast bowler Bradley Scott. Canterbury have gained young wicketkeeper Cam Fletcher from Northern Districts, while they have also offered a deal to Brendon Diamanti.

The six teams can offer nine to 14 contracts in the first round and then complete their squads in the second round on August 8. The domestic contracts commence on October 1.

Auckland Dean Bartlett, Michael Bates, Brad Cachopa, Carl Cachopa, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Donovan Grobbelaar, Anaru Kitchen, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Robert O'Donnell, Matt Quinn, Jeet Raval.

Canterbury Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Neil Broom, Brendon Diamanti, Andrew Ellis, Cam Fletcher, Peter Fulton, Roneel Hira, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Johnston, Ryan McCone, Henry Nicholls, Ed Nuttall, Logan van Beek.

Central Districts Doug Bracewell, Greg Hay, Jamie How, Marty Kain, Andrew Mathieson, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Ajaz Patel, Seth Rance, Bevan Small, Ben Smith, Kruger van Wyk, Ben Wheeler, George Worker, Will Young.

Northern Districts Graeme Aldridge, James Baker, Jono Boult, Dean Brownlie, Joseph Carter, Anton Devcich, Daniel Flynn, Jono Hickey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Bharat Popli, Mitchell Santner, Anurag Verma, Brad Wilson.

Otago Nick Beard, Michael Bracewell, Derek de Boorder, Jacob Duffy, Ryan Duffy, Tipene Friday, James McMillan, Aaron Redmond, Iain Robertson, Brad Rodden, Hamish Rutherford Jesse Ryder, Bradley Scott, Sam Wells.

Wellington Brent Arnel, Tom Blundell, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Mark Gillespie, Dane Hutchinson, Andy McKay, Stephen Murdoch, Michael Papps, Jeetan Patel, Michael Pollard, Ili Tugaga, Henry Walsh, Luke Woodcock.

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  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    There are a few options to open. I think we need to move on from Cachopa. He seems to have thought this out and decided his future is in England. Do county players earn more than NZ international cricketers?

  • joe on July 27, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Cachopa is lost to nz now unfortunately he has stated that he is playing for sussex to qualify for England so that is where his ambitions lie massive lost to nz though because the way England are at the moment they will probably jump at the chance of playing cachopa the fact that if plays for Auckland again it will b as an overseas player says it all. N.D going to dominate again this season

  • Jordan on July 26, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    I think you guys are jumping the gun a bit on Craig Cachopa. I was under the impression he was just moving to sussex to play some country cricket to improve his game? I'd imagine he's still elligable to play for NZ considering he's a NZ resident and has family living here. He's played NZ age grade as well (and he most likely will want to play for us if selected)

    Id be gutted if he actually went to sussex with the intention of playing for England but i have my doubts thats actually the case.

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @KiwiCricketFan - there's no guarantee Craig Cachopa's gone. It hinges on whether Auckland are willing to sign him as their overseas player. You'd think they would be very keen considering his form the past two seasons and his obvious potential. Auckland have a strong looking squad this season, but CD and Canterbury must be gutted to lose so many experienced players.

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    me too i believe he should be in there too but not an opener. if im right he has not opened once for either wellington,auckland or sussex, at best he is up there with taylor at his most destuctive but also has a more controlled style similar to williamsons. he could be the real replacement for mcculum if he decides to come back to play at the end of the two year stint. i hink he is the real deal unlike munro

  • Tom on July 26, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    I'm from auckland and i can't believe craig cachopa is potentially gone for good. He has a first class ave of 52, he should be opening in tests with latham. Also would like to see Dane Watson get game time for Auckland.

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    you would find ajaz patel is pretty good at first class level maybe he cant adapt to twenty 20 and one dayers, i like the look o auckland as i expect they will have guptill for a fair chunk of first class games and possibly the 3rd cachopa over in sussex at the moment

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Wellington the best team because they are all ex Black Caps and every other team has current Black Caps players apart from them. Wellington used to have a golden age :( not anymore.

  • jared on July 25, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @ 512fm, i agree with you fully, and yet with all those oldies they still look much stronger than my team ( cd ) infact cd looks very weak, even worse than that is one of our favourite sons is playing for canterbury, not sure how canterbury got diamanti who is coaching in perth, but cd should of got first dibs on him but clearly missed the boat. losing a good spinner like nethula hurts because kain and patel are pretty hopeless and yet a good spinner like joe walker remains uncontracted, wheeler and small are going to have to have massive years for cd to achieve anything. @ jordanious77, auckland have done well and look very strong but if they have lost craig cachopa for good, that is a massive blow not only for auckland but for nz cricket, he's the brightest batting prospect we have, can anyone enlighten me on him, is he going for good to represent england or can he still be a black cap, so dissapointing if he's a goner, joe carter is the player to watch this year, looks a fine player

  • Torben on July 25, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Hmmm, if we discount the internationals, my money would be on Otago, Canterbury, Wellington and Auckland, with Otago to win the 4-day champs.

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