While there's plenty of turmoil going on among the top
brass of the New Zealand cricket side, three current test
players and a former international will turn out for Bay of
Plenty against Counties Manukau in this weekend's round of the
Fergus Hickey Rosebowl tournament.
Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Daniel Flynn, who are all
back in New Zealand following the Black Caps' 167-run test
victory over Sri Lanka last week, will be joined by evergreen
seamer Graeme Aldridge, who has also represented the national
With no domestic cricket scheduled for Northern Districts
this weekend, the Fergus Hickey game, which will be played at
the Bay Oval in Mt Manganui, provides the trio of incumbent
Black Caps with a rare chance to play for Bay of Plenty.
Bay of Plenty Cricket chief executive Paul Read said it was
great to see top-level players turning out for their
"It's a unique opportunity to see our favourite Black Caps
and Northern Knights in action for the Bay of Plenty team.
The guys have had a long and tough international schedule
over winter, so we're absolutely delighted they all agreed to
play for the Bay team this weekend. It's a real testament to
their character as players and people - and like many in the
local cricket community, we're proud of them."
Aldridge will be playing his 43rd game in the blue and gold
uniform, but due to his New Zealand and Northern Districts
commitments, it has been six years since he last played for
In just 17 games for BOP Flynn has blasted two centuries,
posting an unbeaten 103 against Northland in 2003, followed
by 119 against the same province in 2006.
Boult (10 games) and Williamson (12 games) both made their
Bay of Plenty debut while still at high school.
To give the game a real edge, the final ND Hawke Cup
Challenge points are on the line, with the winner of the
annual series earning a Hawke Cup challenge in March next
While the Bay of Plenty side lead the standings from
Northland, they must take at least first innings points from
Counties to book a Hawke Cup challenge.
Bay of Plenty: Jono Boult (captain), Joe Carter, Peter
Drysdale, Bharat Popli, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Graeme
Aldridge, Daniel Flynn, Corey Anderson, Tim Clarke, Brett
Hampton, Tony Goodin