The New Zealand Cricket Board has announced the first round of contracted players for the provincial domestic league. All the national team members have been assigned to their respective provinces with significant changes. While Adam Milne has moved to Wellington, Glen Philips has reunited with his brother Dale at Otago.
Here are the major movements for the upcoming domestic season (2022-23):
Wellington has roped in the services of Adam Milne to fill the gap of Hamish Bennett after the latter retired from all forms of cricket at the age of 35. Milne has been a part of Central Districts for over a decade and his transfer will be the most interesting part of the season. Milne has not played red-ball cricket since 2016.
Wellington’s First Round Contracts:
Finn Allen, Jakob Bhula, Luke Georgeson, Troy Johnson, Nick Kelly, Iain McPeake, Adam Milne, Nathan Smith, Ollie Newton, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Robinson, Ben Sears, Michael Snedden, Logan Van Beek, Peter Younghusband
Otago has hired Glenn Philips in a major move. Philips has shifted to Otago and reunited with his brother Dale. Glenn will exploit the opportunity and bowl more to establish himself as an all-rounder. Philips will back his strength and it will be interesting to see how he performs.
Otago’s First Round Contracts:
Bacon, Max Chu, Jacob Cumming, Jacob Duffy, Jarrod McCay, Dean Foxcroft, Jake Gibson, Ben Lockrese, Andrew Hazeldine, Travis Muller, Dale Phillips, Michael Rae, Michael Rippon, Hamish Rutherford
Tim Pringle has been handed his first Northern Districts contract. He was recently a part of the New Zealand XI that faced the Netherlands in the ODI series held in March 2022. More recently, Tim made his international debut for the Netherlands, where he was born, & grabbed the eyeballs by dismissing Liam Livingstone right in his debut match
Northern Districts First Round Contracts:
Joe Carter, Katene Clarke, Kristian Clarke, Henry Cooper, Bharat Popli, Matt Fisher, Zak Gibson, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Pringle, Jeet Raval, Tim Seifert, Fred Walker, Joe Walker, Anurag Verma
Adam Milne’s departure has led to the signing of Brett Randell who will join the team this season. Randell who was earlier a part of the Otago squad was the joint-highest wicket-taker in last season’s Plunket Shield, with 31 strikes in six games at 14.83.
Central Districts First Round Contracts:
Doug Bracewell, Tom Bruce, Josh Clarkson, Dane Cleaver, Seth Crance, Joey Field, Greg Hay, Jayden Lennox, Brett Randell, Brad Schmulian, Ben Smith, Blair Tickner, Ray Toole, Bayley Wiggins
Simon Keene has earned his first domestic contract and will play for Auckland in the upcoming season. Keene grabbed her maiden domestic contract after scalping 25 wickets in five first-class matches earlier this year, including career-best returns of 6 for 44 against Canterbury in March.
Auckland’s First Round Contracts:
Adithya Ashok, Cole Briggs, Mark Chapman, Louis Delport, Danru Ferns, Ryan Harrison, Sean Solia, Ben Horne, Simon Keene, Ben Lister, Robert O’Donnell, Will O’Donnell, Will Somerville, Ross ter Braak, George Worker