Graeme Aldridge Appointed BOP Mens Cricket Coach

Celebrated northern districts and bay of plenty player graeme aldridge has been appointed the bay of plenty senior men's coach for the 2015/16 season.

Known to most, simply as g, the recently retired professional player compiled a record in nd cricket that is unlikely to be beaten. Longevity was a feature of the nd all rounder's career, that started back in the 1998/99 season and finished when graeme announced his retirement from playing duties, at the bay oval in mount maunganui in early april 2015.

Aldridge ended his long career as the most prolific wicket-taker in northern knights history with 364 wickets. The right-armer has also taken the most wickets in the nz cricket domestic one-day game, with 185 bowling scalps to his name.

Over 3000 runs in nz cricket first class, one-day and t20 encounters, tells the tale of a genuine all rounder who could win matches with both bat and ball. Graeme also wore the black cap uniform of new zealand when he was selected for the tour of zimbabwe in 2011, playing two odi's and one t20 match for his country.

Graeme aldridge said ""it is a privilege to be appointed bay of plenty men's coach. I look forward to working hard with the team to get the results we deserve".

Bay of plenty cricket ceo paul read says he was delighted with the appointment. "graeme will bring a huge amount of experience and player management skills to the role. His professional success and personal rapport with senior players will be a huge asset for the team this season"

Graeme has also secured a number of coaching roles with nd cricket that will compliment his work with the senior men's team. He will be responsible for nd bowling roles at the development and knights level, as well as some specific high performance coaching work in the bay of plenty region. Nd ceo peter roach said "we see the roles complimenting each other really well, especially in the bay of plenty. Whilst they were all advertised separately, having someone of graeme's quality giving consistent messages and advice to a large group of male and female players, across all ages, in the region is clearly a positive."

In addition to his nd playing duties, graeme was vital component of bay of plenty representative's teams over a long period. Graeme made his bay debut in a bay of plenty game that will be long remembered, with the home side posting 553/9 against central otago, in a hawke cup defence at blake park in mount maunganui. The debutant made an immediate impression, blasting 52 runs batting at number nine.

In 45 matches in the bay of plenty blue and gold uniform, graeme took 123 wickets with best bowling figures of 8/29 and smashed 975 run with top score of 137no.

Domestic Schedule Announced

Three of the top venues in the country have today been announced as match day hosts in this season's domestic schedule.

Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui will host one of each domestic format, which complements the two international matches against Sri Lanka in the first week of January. This is a great coup for the region, and shows that New Zealand Cricket has given the venue their seal of approval after two very successful international matches there last season.

Seddon Park will again host five night time Georgie Pie Super Smash matches in November, to make the most of the venue's light facilities. It also hosts three Plunket Shield games and one Ford Trophy match.

Cobham Oval in Whangarei boasts another big win for the ND region, with two Ford Trophy matches during January, a Plunket Shield match to finish the season and it's first ever domestic T20 match in mid-November.

Northern Districts Cricket CEO Peter Roach said "it's great to see cricket being spread around our region, and especially focussing on our two hot holiday spots in Mount Maunganui and Whangarei. We are thrilled for the people of the Bay of Plenty to see a T20 and an ODI against Sri Lanka, and we are equally thrilled for Northland Cricket to be rewarded for their hard work with their first ever Super Smash match."

Bay Oval Trust General Manager Kevin Jones was delighted with the awarding of two international matches to the picturesque ground. "We are really pleased to be hosting two matches after the positive international debut at the ground last season. It is fantastic for the people of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, and all of the visitors in the area in early January, to have the chance to attend an ODI and T20 match at the height of summer. They add to a great collection of domestic matches we are scheduled to have also." 

Former Blackcap Matt Horne Joins Knights

Northern Districts Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of former BLACKCAP Matt Horne as Assistant Coach to the SKYCITY Northern Knights coaching team.

Having played 35 Test Matches and 50 ODI's for New Zealand, Horne brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of top level cricket. His most recent coaching role was as Head Coach for the Auckland Aces, but chose not to extend that contract this year, preferring to join the Knights coaching group instead.

He said "I'm thrilled to be joining the SKYCITY Northern Knights Management Team. Being involved as a member of this team is a challenge which I am very much looking forward too. The current balance of the playing squad is an extremely exciting proposition with a blend of quality, experience and potential."

SKYCITY Northern Knights head coach James Pamment is very pleased with the appointment, saying "Matt and I go back a number of years, where we both played first class cricket for Auckland. We also coached the New Zealand Under 19 World Cup team together in 2012, so we know each other well and I am sure we will be able to complement each other's coaching skill-sets."

Horne begins his new role on 1 September.              

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