Central Districts cricket team

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Central Stags
Central Stags logo.jpg
Captain Will Young
Coach Heinrich Malan
Team information
Colours Green gold
Founded 1950
Home ground McLean Park
Pukekura Park
Fitzherbert Park
Saxton Oval
Capacity 30,000
Official website: Central Stags

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

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] 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.


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

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

2007–08, 2009–10


Contracted players for 2016/17 season[edit]

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • double-dagger denotes players with international caps.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
4 Will Young  New Zealand (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm off break
2 Dane Cleaver  New Zealand (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Leg break
12 Ross Taylor double-dagger  New Zealand (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm off break NZC contract
42 Tom Bruce double-dagger  New Zealand (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
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 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
6 Doug Bracewell double-dagger  New Zealand (1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium NZC contract
17 George Worker double-dagger  New Zealand (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 27) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox NZC contract
7 Adam Milne double-dagger  New Zealand (1992-04-13) 13 April 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium NZC contract
11 Ryan McCone  New Zealand (1987-09-05) 5 September 1987 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm 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 29) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
11 Navin Patel  New Zealand (1994-09-03) 3 September 1994 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
23 Bevan Small  New Zealand (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
10 Ben Wheeler double-dagger  New Zealand (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 (age 26) Right-handed Left arm medium-fast


Notable players[edit]


See List of New Zealand first-class cricket records


External links[edit]