Henry's return adds bite to Canterbury pace attack

Last updated 05:00 28/02/2013

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Pace bowler Matt Henry returns to the Canterbury one-day cricket team for their second-round match, against Otago, at Hagley Oval today.

Henry, 21, was sidelined for the early part of the season after off-season surgery for a lower back stress fracture. He returned to the provincial team for the second half of the Twenty20 campaign and played two T20 matches for the New Zealand XI against England in Whangarei.

Henry took 19 wickets at first-class level at 23.91 and 13 at 17.23 in the one-day competition last season.

His return will add some bite to a Canterbury pace attack which has consistently been below full strength.

He comes in for Ryan McCone, who is listed as being rested but is also down as 12th man for the New Zealand XI against England at Queenstown.

The Wizards will have to counter a powerful Otago batting lineup which this week plundered 349 for seven against Wellington at the Basin Reserve.

They finished second, though, in the highest scoring domestic game in New Zealand as Wellington amassed 352 for four thanks to a record stand between Michael Papps and Stephen Murdoch.

In their first-round match on Tuesday at Hagley Oval, Canterbury posted what seemed a competitive 269 for nine but Auckland hunted it down after 48 overs with five wickets in hand.

Canterbury team: Peter Fulton (captain), Brad Cachopa (wk), George Worker, Matt Henry, Andrew Ellis, Todd Astle, Shanan Stewart, Rob Nicol, Henry Nicholls, Logan van Beek, Matt McEwan, Ronnie Hira.

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