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Opinion: Associate players in English Counties

Well….. its not just English counties, it is also domestic teams for other countries. Note that some of the players are in reality from the test playing country, so its not the same as the associate country structure producing the player who is good enough for county. Nonetheless it gives an idea of the standard that the current associate team has. Anyone knows of something I missed? Please give your comment. [After Tom Lewis’s comment below, I am also adding MCC Young Cricketers in this list, because they play in the second XI championships in England]

Neil O Brien, Ireland, Kent/ Essex/ Sussex and Middlesex 2nd XIs
Andrew Poynter, Ireland, Middlesex 2nd XI
Eoin Morgan, Ireland, Middlesex
Trent Johnston, Ireland, New South Wales (Aus)
Jeremy Bray, Ireland, New South Wales (Aus)
Andrew White, Ireland, Northamptonshire
Matt Mason, Ireland, Worcestershire (Australian, who happens to have an Irish passport. Is not interested in playing for Ireland I think. I am listing him here just to complete the list)
Boyd Rankin, Ireland, Derbyshire (just joined, not sure if he has actually played any game for them)
Gary Wilson, Ireland, Surrey (2007)/ MCC Young Cricketers.
Paul Stirling, Ireland U19, Sussex interested (this guy is 15 years old!)
James Hall, Ireland U19, Warwickshire 2nd XI
Ben Ackland, Ireland U19, Somerset 2nd XI
Greg Thompson, Ireland U19, Lanchashire (not sure if first of second XI, probably 2nd)
Gary Kidd, Ireland U19, Sussex interested

Gordon Goudie, Scotland, Middlesex 2nd XI
Navdeep Poonia, Scotland, Warwickshire
John Blain, Scotland, Yorkshire (Contract ended in 2006)
Dougie Brown, Scotland, England/Warwickshire
Kyle Coetzer, Scotland, Durham
Moneeb Iqbal, Scotland, Durham
Gavin Hamilton, Scotland, England/Durham and Yorkshire (1993-2004)
Ian Stanger, Scotland, Leicestershire (1997)

Bas Zuiderant, Netherlands, Sussex (2001-2003)
Ryan Ten Doeschate, Netherlands, Essex
Billy Stelling, Netherlands, Leicestershire/ Boland and Western Province (SA)
Darron Reekers, Netherlands, Canterbury and Otago (NZ)
Dan Van Bunge, Netherlands, Middlesex (2004)
Alexei Kervezee, Netherlands, Worcestershire (2007)

Fredrick Klokker, Denmark, Warwickshire
Amjad Khan, Denmark, Kent (perhaps trying to qualify for England, not interested in playing for Denmark)
Michael Pederson, Denmark, MCC Young Cricketers
Johan Malcolm-Hansen, Denmark, Kent 2nd XI (2004-2005)

Arul Suppiah, Malaysia, Somerset (never played for Malaysia, not sure if he wants to either, not sure if he is a product of Malaysian cricket, or someone who just happens to be a dual citizen)

Amir Akhtar, Nepal, Surray 2nd XI

Collins Obuya, Warwickshire (2003)

Categories: Cricket Development
  1. Bruce Gaskell
    July 12, 2006 at 4:34 am

    Frederick Klokker, Denmark, played one match for Warwickshire at the start of 2006.
    Both Warwickshires keepers were injured and Klokker stepped in. Performed quite well, scored 40 in a high scoring match, caught 3 and didnt let too many byes through.
    I believe he is playing county 2nd XI Cricket now. Hopefully he may be given another chance next Season.

  2. Malasian boy playing for Somerset
    July 12, 2006 at 5:04 am

    Aamir Akhtar of nepal surrey 2nd XI.
    Supiah from malaysia plays for somerset has not yet palyed for malayisa.
    Matt Mason Australian with Irish Passport playing for worcestershire.

  3. July 12, 2006 at 10:28 am

    Matt Mason has Irish passport, but is not interested in playing for Ireland. So I think we can discount him.

    Suppiah does pretty well for Somerset, but I dont know why he has never represented Malaysia.

  4. July 14, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    Mo Sheikh (Kenya) played for South Australia 2nd Xi last season and the Adelaide University team in the S.A comp.

    He has told me he still has designs to play for Kenya, especially the World Cup.

  5. July 14, 2006 at 10:54 pm


    How come Tikolo never got an offer to play for county?

  6. July 15, 2006 at 6:10 pm

    Don’t really know – I think he should have done. He has however played State cricket in South Africa (for Border), and was one of the top scorers in the Bangladesh league last year.
    I reckon he would be really useful for a county side for at least another couple of years.

  7. July 16, 2006 at 2:23 am

    I dont know about right now, I think age is catching up with him. But in the last 10 years, he would have been an asset to any county. Counties could also have saved a lot of money hiring him. He would have cost them 1/2 of what even a regular English player would have cost them. Collins Obuya I think played one season with some county, not sure which, but I should list him out in this post if you know the name of the county.

  8. Cuen Lucas
    July 16, 2006 at 3:43 am

    Nasir, it was Warwikshire that Collins Obuya played for.

  9. Cuen Lucas
    July 16, 2006 at 3:44 am

    Sorry, spelt that wrong, should be Warwickshire 🙂

  10. Tom Lewis
    July 18, 2006 at 5:15 am

    Boyd Rankin is currently at Derbyshire, while William Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson and Gary Kidd all play for the MCC young cricketers who play in the second XI championship. All of these have appeared for one of more counties second XI’s.
    For Denmark Johan Malcolm Hanson used to play for Kent.

  11. July 30, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    I read the following article in the newspapers today:

    This is quite interesting and an excellent omen for Irish cricket that they have, at least 6-7 guys under 21 who are at the edge of getting a county contract. Hopefully it will stay at that level, adn they wont be trying to qualify for England hence making Ireland significantly weaker in the future. But with so many players coming up who are good enough for county at such a young age, and with Ireland completely dominating the age level tournaments this year in Europe, and Ireland being the only team that did well at both the senior and the U19 level, I will be bold enough to comment that they may get test status before Scotland or Kenya in the future. “When” is the question, and I dont have any answer for that, but if one looks at the quality and the number of cricketers their system produces, it is not unthinkable that soemthing may happen as quickly as the next 5-7 years.

  12. September 28, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    I am updating Gary Wilson, and Kervezee…..

  13. Nishadh Rego
    September 29, 2006 at 12:48 am

    Arul Suppiah has played quite alot for the Malaysian national team and the Malaysian U-19 team. John Hottinger from thailand played for Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire 2nds in 2004/2005

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