Foxcroft, Kelly set to move South

10 Jun 2019

Dean Foxcroft (Central Districts) and Nick Kelly (Northern Districts) have transferred to Otago and are available to be contracted to the Otago Volts for the 2019/20 season. Both are players of quality who have made an impact across all three domestic formats.


Kelly (25), a left hand top order batsman has played 14 first class matches for Northern Districts and 55 List A and T20 matches since making his debut during the 2015/16 season. Kelly has scored 849 List A runs at a career average of 35.37 including two hundreds and six half centuries. He is known as a powerful and innovative striker of the ball and has been generally used in the top three by the star studded Northern Knights team. 


Foxcroft, a former South African U19 captain, is a highly promising all-rounder who last summer played his first full season for Central Districts.  He had an exceptional start to his Burger King Super Smash career scoring four half centuries, at a strike rate of more than 120.   His match winning 63 off 50 balls helped Central Districts win the 2018/19 title. 


In the 2018/19 Ford Trophy competition Foxcroft scored an impressive 259 runs in six innings at an average of 51.80 with a healthy strike rate of 94.5. Highly regarded by NZC, the 21 year old brings genuine all round ability to Otago, with his ability to bat in the top order and bowl useful off spin across all three formats. In just three first class matches he has secured a best match figures of 7 for 65.   


Head Coach Rob Walter is excited about the prospect of having this new duo play alongside Internationals Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford and Anaru Kitchen, as well as the many talented youngsters in the group.  


Rob Walter said “With the new direction that the Volts are traveling in, it is awesome to have young cricketers of this calibre choose to join us in the South. We are confident that this move will be a springboard for both of them to push for higher honours but as importantly we know that they will be an integral part of the Volts successes moving forward“.


Major Associations will announce its first round of contracted players on 15 June 2019. Contracts begin on 1 September 2019 and end on 15 April 2020.


For more information please contact Rob Walter 021 400864