England news July 18, 2014

Craig Cachopa signs for Sussex

ESPNcricinfo staff

Craig Cachopa, the Auckland batsman, has signed a two-year contract with Sussex. The South Africa-born batsman had been on trial with the county's second XI for the past two months and recently made his debut for the senior side, scoring 11 and 24 in two T20 games.

Cachopa, 22, had captained New Zealand in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup. He qualifies as a non-overseas signing because he holds a Portugese passport.

"I'm really happy to have signed here at such a historic club and this is a fantastic opportunity for me," Cachopa said. "I played with Chris Nash and Luke Wright in New Zealand and when I came over to the UK to play club cricket, they suggested I join up with the second XI. That gave me the chance to get to know the club and I'm absolutely thrilled to be offered a contract."

Cachopa scored a century and two fifties for the second XI this season in the limited-overs formats.

"We're delighted to have Craig on board and we are excited to see how he progresses over the next two years," Sussex's Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said. "We can't wait to see if he is able to transfer his form that he has shown for Auckland and our second team into first-team runs for us."

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  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Guys, there's another item on here that makes it clear he wants to qualify and play for England. Will be interesting to see if either of his brothers tries to follow in those footsteps - http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2014/content/story/762939.html

  • joe on July 21, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    What a shame I read that cachopa has said that his NZ ambitions have been put a side for a chance to qualify for England and play for them if he is to play first class cricket in NZ it will be as an overseas player. Massive loss for NZ guy has potential

  • gautam on July 21, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Craig Cachopa - what a brilliant first class debut for Sussex.....84 runs not that bad.keep on scoring runs and cement your place in NZ team. NZ needs an opener in tests to company Latham.

    I'm definitely sure that Cachopa n Williamson will b the main pillars of NZ future and both will play in all 3 formats.

    Will be exciting group of young talented players with boult,Latham,southee,guptil,corey,neesham,Milne,matt henry,etc With experience of BAZ ,ross n vettori

  • Blake on July 19, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut & @choppa13 - I agree with you both, was just laughing at the strange situation of all the countries involved. I have noticed his potential in the NZ domestic scene, his FC stats back that up, and I trust your judgement on up and coming players kiwicricketnut, not disagreeing with you at all :)

  • joe on July 19, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut i think what blake was getting at is the fact he was born in s.a playing in england with a portugese passport but is yet wanting to play for nz just another cricketer and south African at that playing for a different country. Dont get me wrong im wrapped he decided to move here there loss is our gain would love to see him or his brother carl in the blackcaps test team this summer not sure which position though maybe opener? I say that because its the only position there for the taking. Cheers

  • jared on July 18, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    @ BlakeHoulihan, he'll get there mate, he's represented nz at under 19 level, has probably a better first class record than anyone on the A tour, averaging over 50 with the bat, can't see him turning his back on nz to represent portugal or south africa and wouldn't qualify for england so yeah i think he's a future black cap, another big season domestically and the selectors wont be able to ignore him anymore.

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Absolutely disgraceful - what about the young Sussex cricketers? Anyone who plays for an International U19 side should not be allowed to do this! It just happens far too frequently for my liking! Just wrong!

  • Blake on July 18, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Born in South Africa, playing in England as a Portugal national, future representative of New Zealand, lol. Good luck to him.

  • gautam on July 18, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    sussex sign craig cachopa(1 of d best nz domestic young player @ 22 age) 2 yr contract ....wanna see him in NZ side....pure young talent

    Regards Gautam Mahajan

  • jared on July 18, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    probably the best domestic batter in nz, no doubt this stint in sussex will only improve his game even further, should be on that NZA tour to the uk, can't understand how he was overlooked, thought it was a race between him and daryl mitchell as to who would be the next black caps batsman yet he's not in the A team, selectors missed the boat on this one, i hope he has a stellar year, good luck to him, future black cap for sure.

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