Cricket boss bowled by Anderson's decision

GEOFF LONGLEY
Last updated 05:00 13/07/2011
Corey Anderson
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DECISION: The decision of exciting all-rounder Corey Anderson to leave Canterbury cricket behind has irked provincial chief executive Lee Germon.

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The decision of exciting all-rounder Corey Anderson to leave Canterbury cricket behind has irked provincial chief executive Lee Germon.

Germon said yesterday he did not fully understand Anderson's rationale for ditching the Wizards, after being contracted for the past three seasons, in favour of Northern Districts.

The hugely talented 20-year-old was told he was unlikely to get a Canterbury contract this season after several injury-plagued seasons for the Wizards when he struggled initially with shoulder injuries which required surgery and then a recurring groin problem.

Germon said they could not justify giving Anderson a contract this season wanting to reward the players who had performed on the park. However, Germon said they were loyal to Anderson in the past and helped him as much as possible.

Even if they could not offer Anderson a contract this season they hoped to talk with him to see how they could help him to remain playing in the province.

Germon said he had no contact from Anderson before hearing he was moving on.

"It is very disappointing as we would have still liked to talk with Corey. Of course we want players who are committed to playing for Canterbury and create the right sort of environment. We believe we have contributed considerably to Corey's development."

Anderson debuted for Canterbury as a 16-year-old schoolboy in 2006-07. As a left-arm swing bowler and aggressive batsman he made a big impression early in his career and played in the New Zealand Under 19 team.

He was talked about as a future Black Cap when struck by separate shoulder injuries in in 2008-09 and 2009-10 which limited his appearances before a groin complaint last summer meant he played only four T20 matches. In five seasons Anderson has played 15 first-class matches, 12 one-day games and 11 T20 outings.

Northern Districts, who had six players awarded New Zealand contracts earlier this month, have some contract vacancies.

Germon said he understood more why another frontline Canterbury player, Michael Papps, had turned his back on the province for Wellington and believed the scenarios are completely different.

"I can see where Michael is coming from, wanting to have a last crack at making the New Zealand team and believing a fresh start and surroundings might help that."

Meanwhile Northern Districts left-arm pace bowler Bradley Scott is returning to play for Otago in the upcoming season. Scott, 31, made his first-class debut for Otago in 2000, but has played for ND for the past three seasons.

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