Australian import Meyer to coach juniors
Southland Cricket has recruited former Australian under-19 squad member Ryan Meyer to play and coach in the province this season.
Meyer is playing in England and will arrive in Invercargill on October 1 for the Southland season.
The 22-year-old will work for Southland Cricket as a junior coach and will play for the Invercargill-Old Boys club in the Southland senior competition with the prospect of being selected in the Southland Hawke Cup setup.
Meyer is a left-arm wrist spinner and middle-order batsman and is likely to go head to head with his Invercargill-Old Boys team-mate Khanin Sakia for the spinner's role in the Southland team.
Sakia is a former Indian under-19 spinner , but Hawke Cup rules only allow a province to play one overseas player at a time.
Meyer has played first-grade club cricket in Brisbane and is coming to Southland to see how far he can progress In New Zealand.
He was recommended to Southland Cricket by Southern Steel netball boss David Bannister.
Bannister had worked with Queensland Cricket as part of their development programme where he had quite a bit to do with Meyer.
He is helping Southland Cricket through taking some batting sessions with their academy.
Southland Cricket Association general manager Ian Mockford said Meyer would provide an important role in helping with junior coaching and would also add more strength to the club competition with his playing ability.
Mockford said if he proved to be a success as part of the Hawke Cup team as well, that would be a bonus.
"He's like any other cricketer, he's going to have to prove himself," he said.
"But his resume looks OK so I would assume he would be pushing for one of those spots. ll the information that we've got from England is he's preformed really well over there."
Meyer has been playing for March Town Cricket Club in the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire premier league, where he took 64 wickets at 13.27 and scored 853 runs in 31 innings.
Southland cricket followers will get the first look at Meyer when the club season starts on October 13 with the Twenty20 competition.
A new introduction to the club season will be a declaration competition format, which will be based on two-day cricket principals but played over one day.
That competition will be played after the Twenty20 competition.
In declaration cricket, teams will have the opportunity to bowl opposition out twice and win outright and will also give bowlers the chance to bowl longer spells and batsmen the chance to bat longer periods.
It has been introduced by the clubs to try help assist the Hawke Cup team's preparations but also break up the club season.
The declaration competition will be followed by the showcase competition in the club season, which is the 50-overs-a-side series.
It will be played over two rounds with the top four teams progressing to the playoff series.
The club season will end with the one-day final in March.
The second-tier Combined Country competition will start on October 27.
Meanwhile, the Southland Cricket Association will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, September 27.
Chairman Phil Mulvey will step down as he is now based in Auckland.
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