Bognor sign Zimbabwean international Roy Kaia - 26/12/18

Roy Kaia Profile

Bognor Regis have pulled off a coup with the signing of Zimbabwean ODI Roy Kaia for their 2019 Sussex League campaign.

Kaia (27) is a quality all-rounder and key performer for Zimbabwean domestic side Mountaineers. A top-order batsman and front-line off-spinner, Kaia boasts an impressive record, across the three formats.

Following an impressive junior career, where he represented Zimbabwe Under-19s on 16 occasions, with best performances of 5-25 (v Pakistan) and 60* (from 56 balls), 4-49 and 3-23 (v South Africa), including the wicket of England Test opener Keaton Jennings (twice), Kaia broke into provincial cricket in 2009, making his first-class and List-A debut’s for Centrals. Thereafter, he has featured for the Southern Rocks, before joining current side, the Mountaineers.

The all-rounder enjoyed a barnstorming 2014/15 domestic season, particularly in the one-day format, topping the Pro50 Championship run charts (381 runs at 56.20).

His exploits culminated with a ODI debut for Zimbabwe against Pakistan In May 2015, but unfortunately weather curtailed his involvement, with the game ending in a no result.

Kaia hasn’t featured since, yet he continues to enjoy success in domestic cricket, particularly in the first-class and List-A competitions, where he averages 25.11 and 27.80 respectively with the bat, alongside 38 wickets at 24.02 in one-dayers with his spin.

The talented all-rounder plied his trade abroad in 2018 and, before an injury that curtailed his season, had dominated with the ball. He picked up 31 wickets at 14.13 for Haverigg in the North Lancs and Cumbria League.

Whilst he didn't set the world alight with the bat (254 runs at 21.17), he produced some notable performances to suggest on his return in 2019, he will produce the goods for Bognor Regis in the Sussex League next summer.

 

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