George Worker’s addition to the ACES squad headlines the First Round of Domestic Contracts, while Cole Briggs’ dynamic start sees the wicketkeeper-batter on board for 2021/22.
Cole Briggs is rewarded with a first ACES contract after the 23-year old stole the show in February when he hit 101 and 99 from his first two Ford Trophy knocks.
Worker arrives from Central Districts as one of the most experienced cricketers on the domestic scene.
The all-rounder has featured in 105 First-Class matches as well as 141 (List-A) and 131 (T20) in the shorter formats since his debut for the Central Stags in 2007.
Speaking from Eden Park last week, Worker was excited to be in blue for the first time.
‘It’s nice to be here. I haven’t started training with the boys yet, but I’m looking forward to getting into it.’
“I’m excited about getting into a new environment and reconnecting with Heinrich, but above all, I’m keen to get stuck in and help the ACES win titles.”
Head Coach Heinrich Malan coached Worker during his time at the Stags and knows what influence the 31-year old can have on the ACES.
‘It’s a great time for a senior player like George to join the next phase of this young and exciting ACES group.’
‘George is a vastly experienced player who brings huge value on and off the park and we look forward to having him with us at Auckland Cricket moving forward.’
Malan is also delighted to see young talent take their opportunity at the next level.
‘Last summer saw the rise of two young batters through the Auckland system in Cole Briggs and William O’Donnell.’
‘We are also looking forward to seeing what our bowling group is capable of on the back of a season where they gained valuable exposure and experience.’
Two more players will be added in the Second Round of contracts (early July), while Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Phillips were all awarded BLACKCAPS contracts in May.
Ross ter Braak