Alexei Kervezee

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Alexei Kervezee
Personal information
Full name Alexei Nicolaas Kervezee
Born (1989-09-11) 11 September 1989 (age 24)
Walvis Bay, South-West Africa
(Namibia)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 26) 4 July 2006 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 31 March 2012 v Afghanistan
ODI shirt no. 5
T20I debut (cap 14) 5 June 2009 v England
Last T20I 23 March 2012 v Afghanistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Worcestershire (squad no. 5)
2012 Dhaka Gladiators
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 39 10 71 91
Runs scored 924 289 3,413 2,294
Batting average 28.00 32.11 29.93 29.03
100s/50s 0/4 0/2 4/20 2/10
Top score 92 58* 155 121*
Balls bowled 24 183 48
Wickets 0 2 0
Bowling average 72.50
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/14
Catches/stumpings 18/– 4/– 37/– 34/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 February 2014

Alexei Nicolaas Kervezee (born 11 September 1989) is a Namibian-born Dutch cricketer.

Kervezee rose rapidly and smartly through age-group cricket in the Netherlands, and in late July 2005, aged only 15, he made his first-class debut for his national team against Scotland in the Intercontinental Cup. This game was badly affected by the weather and Kervezee did not get to bat, but the following month in the same competition he scored 46 not out against Ireland. He also played against Kenya in March 2006.

In April 2006, Kervezee played his first List A matches, for Netherlands A against India A and Pakistan A at Abu Dhabi. The Netherlands A team were badly beaten in both games, but Kervezee's scores of 26 and 25 were among the highest in each Dutch innings. His bowling was singularly unsuccessful, however, with his four overs going for 39 runs.

On 4 July 2006 he made his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka at Amstelveen's VRA Ground. It was a chastening experience overall for the Dutch team as Sri Lanka piled up 443/9, a world record ODI score, [1] but in the Netherlands' reply Kervezee played well for 47, putting on 69 (the highest partnership of the innings) with Tim de Leede. Two days later, against the same opponents, he made 18. Kervezee played several Under-17 and Under-19 matches over the following days, as well as one game against Italy in the European Cricket Championship, then in early August he returned to ODI action with small scores against Scotland and Ireland.

In late September, Worcestershire announced that they had signed Kervezee to play county cricket on a two-year contract. The county's chief executive Mark Newton called him "a very accomplished and exciting young talent", while Dutch bowling coach Ian Pont claimed that the youngster's story had "shades of Graeme Hick" about it. Kervezee himself said that he was "looking forward to learning from such great players and coaches". [2]

Kervezee was given several opportunities in the second half of the 2009 season and made an impression with some assured displays. He scored his first half-century for the club on 30 June 2009 when he made 66 in the second innings of the game against Durham.

Kervezee has been a permanent fixture in the Worcestershire side throughout the 2010 season and has consistently impressed with the bat, scoring quickly and showing stroke-making abilities of the highest order.[3] Having fallen one run short of his maiden first class century in the game against Leicestershire, he scored 130 in the following game against Derbyshire at Worcester (his parents had travelled from Rotterdam to watch him play).[4] In the return fixture at Derby, he improved his highest innings total, hitting 155. He is only the fourth Dutch player to hit a first-class century in English cricket, following in the footsteps of Roland Lefebvre, Bas Zuiderent and current Essex and Netherlands international Ryan ten Doeschate. He signed a five-year contract with Worcestershire in July 2010[5]

In 2012, Alexei Kervezee signed a deal worth $35,000 to play for Dhaka Gladiators in BPL.[6] He missed most of the 2012–13 English County season due to a broken finger.[7] The injury occurred during Worcestershire's match in the Friends Life T20 cup, against Somerset.

In April 2013, Alexei Kervezee announced his decision to retire from the Dutch National Cricket Team. He stated his desire to focus on playing for his county Worcestershire and with a view to hopefully play for England internationally.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sri Lanka break one-day record". Cricinfo. 4 July 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2006. 
  2. ^ "Worcestershire sign Alexei Kervezee". Cricinfo. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2006. 
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/counties/8665606.stm "Leicestershire chase big Worcestershire target"], BBC Sport, London, 6 May 2010. Retrieved on 2 June 2010.
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/counties/8690549.stm "Kervezee ton helps Worcestershire dominate"], BBC Sport, London, 18 May 2010. Retrieved on 2 June 2010.
  5. ^ BBC Sport – Cricket – Batsman Alexei Kervezee agrees new Worcestershire deal
  6. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/story/550096.html
  7. ^ http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/sport/9820042.We___re_ready_to_face_Gladiators_challenge/
  8. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/netherlands/content/story/630314.html

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