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Central Districts cricket team

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The Central Stags, formerly known as Central Districts, are a first-class cricket team based in central New Zealand. They are the men's representative side of the Central Districts Cricket Association.

Central Stags
Personnel
CaptainGreg Hay (Plunket Shield)
Tom Bruce (T20)
Doug Bracewell (Ford Trophy)
Coach2019/20 coach yet to be announced
Team information
ColoursGreen and gold
Founded1950
Home groundMcLean Park
Pukekura Park
Fitzherbert Park
Saxton Oval
Capacity30,000
Official website:cdcricket.co.nz

They compete in the Plunket Shield first-class competition, the Ford Trophy domestic one-day competition and the Burger King Super Smash Twenty20 competition. They are one of six teams that make up New Zealand Cricket. They were the fifth of the current teams to compete in the Plunket Shield, which they entered for the first time in the 1950/51 season.

Central Districts comprises eight District associations: Hawke's Bay, Horowhenua-Kapiti, Manawatu, Taranaki, Wairarapa and Wanganui in the North Island, and Marlborough and Nelson in the South Island.[1] Previously, many players from these regions competed for Wellington. More than a century before the eventual founding of the Central Districts Cricket Association, the first fully recorded cricket match in New Zealand was played in what is now one of its districts, in Nelson, a men's match in March 1844.

Between October 2016 and February 2019, the team set a new Central Districts record for the number of first-class matches without a defeat, with 21. The previous Central Stags record in the Plunket Shield was 12, while the New Zealand record for most consecutive domestic first-class matches without a loss is 24, set by Wellington (now known as the Wellington Firebirds) between 1984/85 and 1986/87.

Retired top order batsman Peter Ingram holds the record for the highest individual first-class score for the Central Stags with an innings of 247 in 2008/09, and also scored their second highest individual score with 245 not out in 2009/10.

In 2017, Brad Schmulian hit the highest score by any New Zealand cricketer on first-class debut with an innings of 203 for the Central Stags against Northern Districts at Bay Oval. The previous record had stood since the late 19th century.

In 2010, Kieran Noema-Barnett set a New Zealand record for the fastest T20 half century, off just 18 balls. In the 2016 Ford Trophy Grand Final, another Central Stags batsman, Tom Bruce, added the record for the fastest one-day half century in New Zealand with his 50 coming off 16 balls.

Two batsmen named Ben Smith have played for the Central Stags. Adding to the confusion, both Ben Smith and Ben Smith have scored a first-class double century for the team.

Two of New Zealand's premier cricketing schools, New Plymouth Boys' High School and Palmerston North Boys' High, have produced a number of Stags players.

The current CEO of Central Districts Cricket Association is Pete de Wet.

Contents

HonoursEdit

1953–54, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1970–71, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1998–99, 2005–06, 2012–13, 2017–18, 2018–19

1984–85, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2014–15,[2] 2015–16

2007–08, 2009–10, 2018–19

GroundsEdit

Current squadEdit

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  •   denotes players with international caps.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Wicketkeeper
15 Dane Cleaver   New Zealand (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Leg break
Batsmen
4 Will Young   New Zealand (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off break NZC contract
12 Ross Taylor     New Zealand (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984 (age 35) Right-handed Right arm off break NZC contract
42 Tom Bruce     New Zealand (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
24 Greg Hay   New Zealand (1984-07-14) 14 July 1984 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off break
9 Ben Smith   New Zealand (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm off break
Brad Schmulian   New Zealand (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Leg break
Allrounders
6 Doug Bracewell     New Zealand (1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
33 George Worker     New Zealand (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 27) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
23 Bevan Small   New Zealand (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium
10 Ben Wheeler     New Zealand (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Left arm medium-fast
11 Dean Foxcroft   New Zealand (1998-04-20) 20 April 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
77 Willem Ludick   New Zealand (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
22 Josh Clarkson   New Zealand (1997-01-21) 21 January 1997 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium
17 Christian Leopard   New Zealand (1997-09-17) 17 September 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
1 Kieran Noema-Barnett   New Zealand (1987-06-04) 4 June 1987 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Bowlers
7 Adam Milne     New Zealand (1992-04-13) 13 April 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
12 Seth Rance     New Zealand (1987-08-23) 23 August 1987 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
13 Blair Tickner     New Zealand (1993-10-13) 13 October 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
21 Ajaz Patel     New Zealand (1988-10-21) 21 October 1988 (age 30) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
3 Navin Patel   New Zealand (1994-09-03) 3 September 1994 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
30 Felix Murray   New Zealand (1998-10-20) 20 October 1998 (age 20) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
28 Liam Dudding   New Zealand (1994-06-13) 13 June 1994 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium

Notable playersEdit

RecordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit