Duffy ready for U19 tour, chance to turn professional
Southland youngster Jacob Duffy looks set for a couple of big moments in his cricketing career in the coming days.
On Sunday he will be part of the New Zealand under-19 team as they open their 2012 World Cup campaign in Australia.
They will take on Scotland in their opening pool game with other pool games to follow against Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The top two teams from each of the four pools will progress to the top eight section of the tournament.
Duffy produced a couple of outstanding displays with the ball in pre-tournament games. Against Scotland he took three wickets for just five runs and against the West Indies he claimed three wickets for three runs from six overs.
On top of his first game at an international World Cup tournament, the Southland Boys' High School pupil before then is likely to be handed the 14th spot on the Otago Volts contract list which is expected to be revealed in the coming days.
The Volts had originally named 13 players out of 14 in the first round of contracting last month, leaving one spot to be filled in the second round of contracting, which is set for today.
All six major associations will lock in their full contracts lists for the 2012-13 season today.
As a 17-year-old, Duffy impressed in a Twenty20 outing and a first-class game for the Volts last season.
Last year each association was only able to offer 12 domestic contracts but that has increased to 14 for the 2012-13 season.
Figures from last season had the highest paid domestic player get a $37,500 six-month retainer (October-March) and it dropped in varying amounts to $20,250 for the lowest ranked player.
Players also receive match fees. Last season they were set at $1475 per first-class match, $715 per one-dayer and $460 per Twenty20 game. For Duffy to gain a place in the Otago contracts list it will continue what has been a remarkable rise from Southland Boys' High School first XI player to professional cricketer.
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