Rutherford & Kelly sign Overseas04 Aug 2020
Rutherford & Kelly sign Overseas
It was mid-afternoon on a Saturday when Otago Volts' batsman Nick Kelly received a text from ex-teammate and good friend Ish Sodhi, explaining that he may receive a call from the Head Coach of the Caribbean Premier League team, the 'St Kitts & Nevis Patriots'.
Initially, Kelly thought the message may have been a joke - as playing in the CPL was not on his radar, and the selection of a non-International cricketers in these competitions are few and far between. However, Ish was not joking, and Nick received a call within hours from Head Coach Simon Helmot, who offered Kelly a place in their squad. For Kelly, his inclusion in this squad represents a great opportunity for him to test himself against, and learn from some of the best T20 players in the world.
"I was on the plane yesterday from St Lucia to Trinidad, and Rashid Khan walked on the plane - so coming up against a guy like him will be an awesome experience but also a great challenge" said Kelly.
"To play with guys like Chris Lynn & Ben Dunk who have enjoyed success in T20 leagues worldwide will be pretty cool. And of course it will be great to link up with my good mate, Ish."
Hamish Rutherford has also signed overseas, re-signing with English County side Worcestershire for the T20 Blast, which was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Rutherford has previously played for the club in 2019 and became only the second player to score centuries on his first-class and List A debut.
He hit 123 in the Specsavers County Championship match at the Fischer County Ground against Leicestershire and then 108 in the Royal London One-Day Cup versus Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
The left-hander also featured on Finals Day last year, where Worcestershire came up just short against Essex in the final as they looked to become the first team to retain the Blast title.
For Rutherford, the opportunity to get out and put some performances together is something he will relish.
"For me it's a great opportunity to play good quality Cricket, and i'm hopeful I can put together some match-winning performances to help us get back to Finals Day" he said.
Rutherford will depart for the UK later this week - we wish both him and Nick the best of luck.