New Zealand news July 21, 2015

Scott Kuggeleijn faces charges for alleged assault

ESPNcricinfo staff

Scott Kuggeleijn was named Northern Districts' Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season © Getty Images

Scott Kuggeleijn, the New Zealand first-class cricketer, has been remanded on bail after pleading not guilty to charges of sexual violation and indecent assault. The charges are related to allegations by two separate victims of two different incidents that took place in March and May 2015.

The allegation of sexual violation by way of rape is related to an incident on May 17, while the allegations of indecent assault pertain to incidents that took place between March 2 and 6.

Kuggeleijn plays for Northern Districts in New Zealand's domestic circuit and is the son of former New Zealand Test cricketer Chris Kuggeleijn. The 23-year old allrounder was named Northern Districts' Player of the Year and Bowler of the Year at the association's annual awards for the 2014-15 season, after taking 57 wickets across the first-class, list A and twenty20 formats.

Northern Districts' chief executive Peter Roach declined to comment on the charges against Kuggeleijn or their impact on the allrounder's chances of a contract with the side. Northern Districts are expected to announce domestic contracts for the 2015-16 season soon.

"I'm not going to provide a running commentary through the media ... We want to keep our counsel on that at this stage and we are not allowed to talk about the contracts at any rate," Roach told stuff.co.nz. "All these issues will be confronted over the course of the coming days."

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