Netherfield sign kiwi record-breaker Tom Bruce - 12/02/16

Tom Bruce

NETHERFIELD have signed record-breaking kiwi batsman Tom Bruce for their Northern Premier League campaign.

Bruce (24) is making big waves in New Zealand domestic cricket. The explosive batsman recently powered the Central Stags to back-to-back Ford Trophy titles, belting a record-breaking 71* from only 23 balls in the Grand Final against Canterbury.

Coming in at 281-3 with one ball left in the 43rd over, the tall right-hander plundered the fastest domestic T20 fifty in New Zealand history – his 50 coming up from only 16 balls. His boundary-laden innings, which included 7 maximums helped the Stags reach 405 in the first innings, in which the Wizards fell 156 runs short in reply.

It concluded another fantastic one-day campaign – not only for the Stags, but for Bruce who belted 285 runs at 31.66 following his explosive 88 (65 balls) on his Ford Trophy debut in the quarter final against Otago the previous summer.

In New Zealand’s second white ball format, the HRV Cup T20 competition, Bruce continued to impress scoring 223 runs at 31.85 which included some quite remarkable striking.

Whilst he’s making waves in white ball cricket, it’s actually his red ball form that is statistically better. At the point of writing (10/02/16), Bruce has scored 850 first-class runs with an average of 47.22. In his 19 innings he’s already struck 8 half-centuries and an impressive maiden first-class century against a Canterbury attack including Blackcaps Todd Astle and Matt Henry.

Following his breakthrough 2014/15 season (632 runs at 57.45), Bruce has not only cemented his spot in the Stags middle-order across all formats, but courtesy of his exploits he’s now on the national radar.

Whilst known for his destructive power hitting with bat in hand, Bruce is also a competent off-spinner, often used in the longer format for the Stags where he boasts 5 first-class wickets (with an average of 34). He is working towards becoming a genuine all-rounder, something he has proved abroad during two previous English stints with Shenley Village.

Like his domestic numbers, his UK stats are equally if not more impressive. 1,136 runs at 66.82 (4x100s) in 2014, then 1,060 runs at 50.48 (5x100s) in 2015 in the Hertfordshire League, alongside a number of wickets.

Fresh from his domestic exploits, the talented all-rounder has signed for his third UK stint in 2016, this time following in the footsteps of David Boon, Colin Miller, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis and Callum Ferguson to play in the Northern Premier League for Netherfield.

 

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