Devon Hotel Central Stags overseas player announced for the HRV Twenty20 competition
The Devon Hotel Central Stags have re-signed Somerset all rounder Peter Trego as their overseas player for the coming HRV Twenty20 competition as well as the opening five rounds of the Plunket Shield.
Trego returns to the Stags for a second season after injury curtailed his involvement last year to just a few games.
“It was bitterly disappointing to get injured last year and miss most of the HRV Twenty20” Trego said from his Somerset home. “I was really keen to get another opportunity so when the invitation came to come back out to New Zealand I jumped at it”.
“The Stags are a great bunch of guys and I am delighted to get the opportunity to come back again and be part of the team” Trego said.
Trego is coming out of an outstanding season for Somerset where he was the leading run scorer in the county one day competition with 745 runs at an average of 82.77. With a strike rate of 124.3 and having scored two centuries and five fifties he will be looking to carry this sort of form into the New Zealand domestic scene.
Devon Hotel Central Stags Head Coach Heinrich Malan was pleased to be able to confirm the signing. “We are delighted to have confirmed Peter’s availability from the start of the season as this allows us time to develop the rest of the squad knowing that we have a quality all rounder”.
“We discussed a number of options with our senior players and Peter’s name kept coming up” Malan said. “He showed enough last season to indicate that he is a quality player and his form over the English summer certainly reinforced that.”
Rather than bringing overseas players in on a game by game basis the Stags have stuck to their strategy of signing a player for the duration of the competition.
Central Districts’ Director of Cricket Craig Ross welcomed the addition of the Englishman. “We are very pleased to welcome Peter back this season as he showed a glimpse last year of what he is capable of. He can contribute with bat, ball and is a great asset off the field as well”.
“We believe that the best strategy is to have an overseas player that is here for the duration of the HRV Twenty20 to give consistency to the team”
“Peter’s commitment to this is evidenced by his desire to also be available for the first five rounds of the Plunket Shield” Ross said.
Central Districts will be hoping for more from their overseas player than in recent seasons where injuries prematurely injured Graham Napier’s and Trego’s involvement in the HRV Twenty20 campaigns.
“We’ve certainly not had our share of luck over the past two seasons with injuries to our imported players” noted Ross. “However, this is part of the game and often beyond your control”.
Peter Trego will join the Devon Hotel Central Stags next week as they prepare for the opening match of the HRV Twenty20 against the Canterbury Wizards at Hagley Park in Christchurch on Friday the 1st of November.