Three Auckland Aces Gain BLACKCAP Contracts

The Auckland Aces will have three New Zealand contracted players to call on this season after the announcement that Martin Guptill, Kyle Mills and Chris Martin were amongst the 20 players named.

Auckland, New Zealand, July 05, 2011 --( Contracts are offered to the 20 players considered to have the greatest value to the BLACKCAPS over the coming 12 months based on previous form and their likelihood to be selected.

A set criteria is used to rank players across all three forms of the game with Test cricket receiving twice the weighting of ODIs and Twenty20 internationals. The players with the highest aggregate score are then offered NZC contracts.

Reece Young, Rob Nicol, Trent Boult and Luke Woodcock are the newcomers to the contracted players list; Daniel Flynn and Neil Broom have returned to the list after missing out last year and Hamish Bennett has remained as an NZC contracted player after receiving an elevated contract in February 2011.

Brent Arnel, Grant Elliott, Gareth Hopkins, Tim McIntosh, Jeetan Patel and Daryl Tuffey were included in last year’s list but have not been offered NZC contracts this year while James Franklin, who received an elevated contract in February, also missed out. Scott Styris, who retired from international cricket, was not considered.

The full list of contracted players is as follows:

Hamish Bennett – Canterbury Wizards
Trent Boult – Northern Knights
Neil Broom – Otago Volts
Daniel Flynn – Northern Knights
Martin Guptill – Auckland Aces
Chris Martin – Auckland Aces
Brendon McCullum – Otago Volts
Nathan McCullum – Otago Volts
Andy McKay – Wellington Firebirds
Kyle Mills – Auckland Aces
Rob Nicol – Canterbury Wizards
Jacob Oram – Central Stags
Jesse Ryder – Wellington Firebirds
Tim Southee – Northern Knights
Ross Taylor – Central Stags
Daniel Vettori – Northern Knights
BJ Watling – Northern Knights
Kane Williamson – Northern Knights
Luke Woodcock – Wellington Firebirds
Reece Young – Canterbury Wizards

Auckland Cricket
Ross Blankenaar
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