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Kapiti Old Boys blessed with pro’s presence

Sep 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Sport

bartlettA FORMER English county cricketer is coming out of retirement to play club cricket in the Kapiti region.

Ricky Bartlett (right)  is returning to captain the Kapiti Old Boys Cricket Club side which he played for from 1993 until 2004.

The right-handed batsman says he was asked to return to bring experience to the young team.

“Lynchy (Kapiti Old Boys club president Mark Lynch) rang me and asked if I could bring an older influence to the team and I thought why not?” says Bartlett.

Bartlett first came to New Zealand in 1990 as part of an exchange with Central Districts before making New Zealand his home three years later.

Club president Mark Lynch says Bartlett’s cricket knowledge will be invaluable.

Ricky training with Kapiti Old Boys

Ricky training with Kapiti Old Boys

“Ricky will bring some quality to the middle order,” says Mr Lynch.

Bartlett was also the first Horowhenua-Kapiti cricket development officer, which gave him a role coaching many of the current Kapiti Old Boys players in age-group teams.

He played 51 first-class matches for Somerset between 1986 and 1992, getting a century in his debut match, and went on to have an average of 24.42 over 82 innings, scoring two centuries and eight half-centuries.

After playing against greats such as Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Mike Atherton, Bartlett will get the chance to play against Horowhenua’s best when the season starts on October 10.

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is a Whitireia Journalism Student. Now working at the Kapiti Observer as a sports and emergency services reporter.
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