Nov 022013
 

7316191Heywood CC cricket chairman David Fare is confident New Zealand pro George Worker will be a big hit at Crimble.

Fare this week confirmed the signing of the 24-year-old Canterbury Wizards all-rounder, to replace Travis Townsend at Crimble and bring to an end weeks of speculation over the new professional’s identity.

Worker is one of the top limited overs players in New Zealand, and Fare believes the left-arm opening bat and slow left-armer will be a hit for new captain Danny Pawson.

Fare said: “This is a very good signing for Heywood of a player who is still ambitious and is a current and successful first-class player.

“Being left-handed will mean we have two quality left-handers at the top of the order, while he is, by all accounts, a more than useful slow bowler.

“He will bring youth and enthusiasm to the side and we will all be looking out for his performances over the winter.

“He was supposed to play for Scotland in the Clydesdale Bank 40 over competition in 2012, but was called up to the New Zealand development programme and could not play.”

Worker has captained New Zealand under-19s, starting his career at Central Districts before moving to Canterbury Wizards in 2011/12.

He has scored two first-class centuries and three in limited overs, and last season finished sixth in the averages in the New Zealand domestic one-day and T20 competitions.

Worker has played three seasons in the UK before 2014, with Hampshire club St Cross Symondians, Scottish club SMRH and Dutch outfit Rood en Wit.

STATISTICS

First-class 52 95 5 2351 120* 26.12 4663 2631 39 3-23 67.46
List A 53 52 4 1651 129* 34.39 981 863 15 2-30 57.53
Twenty20 42 38 4 907 89* 26.67 318 458 14 3-18 32.71
U19 Test 5 10 0 293 96 29.3 276 203 3 2-69 67.66
U19 ODI 11 10 0 164 47 16.4 123 90 6 3-14 15

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