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Neal Parlane

New Zealand | Batsman

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Neal Parlane
Born09/08/1978
Country New Zealand
Player Status Available
Player Type Batsman
Player RoleRH Top-Order Bat
Player Level Professional
Entry Route Tier 5 (Creative & Sporting)
Major TeamsNew Zealand Under-19, New Zealand Academy, Auckland, Wellington, Northern Districts
Coaching Qualifications

New Zealand Cricket Level 1 (UKCC Level 2 Equivalent)

 

Neal Parlane (35) has been one of the most prolific batsman home and abroad for over a decade. A former New Zealand Under-19 and Academy representative, Parlane has played 239 matches across the three formats during an illustrious dating back to his first-class debut in 1996/97.

The right-hand batsman started his career in the far north for Northern Districts, playing 16 first-class matches (681 runs at 28.37) for the State before moving to Wellington in 2002/03. The transfer south to the capital produced eight productive seasons with the Firebirds racking up 11 first-class centuries en-route to 4,654 runs at 39.77 (plus 1,546 runs at 25.34 in List-A cricket for good measure).

Parlane became one of, if not the most reliable batsman for the Firebirds, particularly during a four season period (2004/05 – 2007/08) which produced 2,343 runs at 48.81 (including a career-best season in 2007/08 of 809 runs at 57.78). He continued to churn out the runs in State cricket, but was surprisingly released from contract at the end of the 2010/11 season, despite hitting 2 first-class centuries (including 4 in the past two seasons) amongst 532 runs at 38.

Not content with his dismissal, he moved to Auckland, taking up a player/coach role with East Coast Bays in Premier club cricket. He produced the goods for the Aces in pre-season cricket and was subsequently picked up for the 2011/12 season. Although his four-day performances weren’t up to his usual standards, he starred in his two one-day outings for the Aces, hitting centuries in both the semi-final and grand-final of the Ford Trophy.

Despite these performances, Parlane was once again released from his State contract at the end of the season. His non-selection prompted his return north to his family in Whangarei where he has re-established links with Northland Cricket and is now heavily involved with club and schools coaching.

His success in New Zealand is well documented, but he has transferred his success abroad in what can only be described as a glittering stint with four clubs spanning nine seasons. Parlane has broken league batting records in the Southern Electric Premier, Home Counties ECB Premier and ECB Liverpool leagues.

During his first stint abroad in 2002, he topped the Liverpool League run-charts (1,337 runs at 60.77) whilst playing for Fleetwood Hesketh. In 2004, he broke Robin Smith’s long-standing Southern Premier League record by scoring 1,074 runs (at 82.62) off 968 deliveries, hitting 31 sixes and 157 fours.

He spent five seasons with West Herts (2005-10) in the Home Counties Premier League, scoring 4,708 league runs at 58.12 including 14 league hundreds (1022 runs at 68.13 in 2008 and 946 runs at 86 in 2009). He moved in 2011 to play for Surrey Championship side Reigate Priory where he rakced up 628 runs at 48.31 in the ECB Premier League. Last summer, he enjoyed further success, this time in Scotland playing in the Western Premier Division of the Cricket Scotland League for Ayr where he averaged 42.20 with the bat.

Having been overlooked for State cricket last summer, Parlane is now potentially keen on a return to the UK once more in 2014.

 

Last Updated

07/10/2013

Statistics

Match Type Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Balls Runs Wkts BB Ave
First-class 103 170 14 5602 193 35.91 54 46 0 - -
List A 108 101 6 2590 117 27.26 - - - - -
Twenty20 28 25 1 721 85 30.04 - - - - -
U19 Test 3 5 0 231 114 46.2 6 14 0 - -
U19 ODI 2 2 0 78 44 39 - - - - -

Statistical record last updated 13th August, 2019
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Experience

Team (season)MtsInnsNORunsHSAveOvsRunsWktsBBAvg
Ayr (2013) 6 6 1 211 94 42.20 - - - - -
Reigate Priory (2011) 15 15 2 628 126* 48.31 - - - - -
West Herts (2005-10) 99 94 13 4708 175 58.12 31 167 2 1/26 83.50
B.A.T. Sports (2004) 18 17 4 1074 176 82.62 - - - - -
Fleetwood Hesketh (2002) 24 24 2 1337 158* 60.77 24.4 89 0 - -