Sean Davey hopes to push his claims for a full-time contract with Northern Districts when he returns to New Zealand.
The 20-year-old was recommended to Slaithwaite by ND head coach James Pamment and has made a massive impact at Hill Top as they’ve won the Frank Platt Championship.
Davey has 43 wickets and over 600 runs to his name and would love to put his skills to the test in the Drakes Premiership next summer.
“I started off a bit slowly in the season but I’ve found my way and I’m pretty keen to come back because I have enjoyed it so much,” said Davey, from Tauranga.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of the season with a great bunch of lads and I’ve been staying with Tristan Jackson, who has been brilliant and looked after me really well.
“To win the Championship has been the icing on the cake, really, and I’m really looking forward to playing in the Premiership, which looks a bit of a step up in standard.”
Davey has been a teammate of Scholes batsman Joe Carter since the Under 14s at ND, and they have played together for the Otumoetai Cadets club and for Bay of Plenty. They were also in the New Zealand Under 19 World Cup team together in Australia.
“The wickets back home are quicker, you get a fair bit of carry and you can bowl the odd genuine bouncer,” said Davey.
“It probably swings more at home, too, so I had to adapt my game when I came here. I had heard it would be a bit lower and slower and I know I would have to make those adjustments.
“I struggled a bit early on because my natural length at home is just back of a length, so I’ve had to bowl it a bit fuller, but I’ve been very happy with how the batting has gone as well.
“I worked a lot on my game before I came out here, and that work has paid off.”
Pamment – the former Drakes League star with Lascelles Hall who has been based out in New Zealand for many years now – has been a massive influence on Davey and organised for his trip to the Colne Valley.
Davey would like to follow Pamment into the first-class game, and ultimately to go right to the top.
“Test match cricket is the ultimate goal and watching the Black Caps play a Test at Lord’s was fantatic and just made me want it even more,” he said.
“That would be great, but first of all I’ve got to put the work in with ND and hopefully I will be in their A team when we get back, with Joe (Carter), and then maybe the chance of some first-class cricket will come along.”