Scholarship for Boyce

Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley opening bowler Sam Boyce is this season's recipient of the Marlborough Cricket Association's overseas player exchange scholarship to England.

Right-arm seamer Boyce will spend the New Zealand winter playing for the Kidsgrove club in the North Staffs & South Cheshire League. He is the second young Marlborough player to benefit from the scheme after clubmate Matt McCormick was the first recipient of the scholarship last year. In return, Kidsgrove players Richard Hagen and Grant Goodwin have been playing for Valley in the various MCA senior competitions this season.

MCA operations manager Ed Gilhooly said the aim of the exchange scheme was to provide opportunities for up-and-coming players to further their cricketing experiences playing overseas at trusted clubs.

The MCA provides a grant towards the player's travel costs and assists with any fundraising efforts the player may carry out.

Boyce has performed consistently this season for his club, as well as breaking into the MCA senior rep team. Gilhooly said the MCA was confident that a winter playing cricket in Britain would benefit his all-round game.

The Marlborough Express