Sleaford come up trumps with Aces' skip - 04/11/16

Rob Nicol

SLEAFORD have come up trumps with another star overseas signing in the form of Auckland Aces' skipper Rob Nicol.

Rob Nicol (33) is an accomplished professional, who has spent 15 seasons in New Zealand domestic cricket. The batting all-rounder has featured in over 350 matches, scored 12,000 plus runs (20 centuries), taken nearly 200 wickets and, courtesy of these exploits, has also appeared for the Blackcaps 45 times, across the three formats.

Nicol made his National debut in T20I against the Sri Lankan’s in May 2010. The following year (Oct 2011), he became the 7th batsman ever and second New Zealander (after his fellow opener in the match, Martin Guptill) to score a century on ODI debut, hitting 108* against Zimbabwe.

Nicol struck his second century in his fifth ODI, a magnificent 146, once again vs Zimbabwe. He made his Test debut against the touring South Africans in March 2012, but only featured in 2 Test matches.

Despite two further ODI half-centuries, Nicol played his final matches for the Blackcaps in ODI and T20I cricket against Sri Lanka in November 2013. He finished his ODI career with an average of 30.84 over his 22 ODI’s.

Since then, Nicol has continued to shine on the domestic circuit for Auckland, following his move back from Canterbury, with whom he spent four seasons (2009/10-2013/14).

He is the current Auckland skipper and, following a strong season at the Aces helm in 2015/16, to include the Plunket Shield title and losing finalists of the Georgie Pie T20 Super Smash.

An experienced and highly decorated cricketer, Nicol is looking to lead his side to further honours in 2016/17 before embarking on another journey abroad, when he joins Lincolnshire club Sleaford, for the 2017 season.

A Sleaford club spokes person stated "we’re delighted to have signed a player of Rob’s calibre and are confident he will have the same impact at our club as his predecessors Tim McIntosh and Obus Pienaar". 

The Aces veteran is looking to follow in the footsteps of former Auckland team-mate Tim McIntosh, who enjoyed a 3-season run-fest at Sleaford between 2013-15.


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