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Seth Rance

New Zealand | Bowler (Seam)


Seth Rance
Country New Zealand
Player Status Available
Player Type Bowler (Seam)
Player RoleRA Fast-Medium | RH Lower-Middle Order Bat
Player Level Professional
Entry Route Tier 5 (Creative & Sporting)
Major TeamsNew Zealand, Central Districts, Central Districts A, Central Districts U23s, Wairarapa
Coaching Qualifications

New Zealand Cricket Level 1 (UKCC Level 2 Equivalent)


Seth Rance (29) is without doubt, one of the most respected seamers in New Zealand domestic cricket. The Stags’ opening bowler can also lay claim to being the most economical seamer in New Zealand T20 cricket.

Over 40 T20 matches, the fireman from Greytown has taken 50 wickets at 21.08 with an economy of 7.63 and a strike-rate of 16.5 balls per wicket. He can boast back-to-back Ford Trophy titles with the Central Districts Stags (2014/15, 2015/16), helping them defend their crown by topping the one-day wicket charts during the latter (19 wickets at 13.78). 

Rance has been an integral cog in the successful Stags machine since his T20 debut in 2009/10. Over the past two editions of the Georgie Pie Super Smash, he has been the Stags leading wicket-taker. In Nov-Dec 2015, he topped the Stags’ charts over team-mates, Blackaps’ quicks Milne (8) and Mathieson (7) with 12 wickets at 19.25 and economy of 7.45. 

Rance only returned to the Stags fold in 2014 following a 4-year absence from the domestic scene and has clearly impressed. A fireman by trade, Rance made a big impact on the domestic scene early in his Central Districts career. He made his CD debut in the final match of the 2008/09 Championship season, but it was the following season that put the fire-fighter’s name in the limelight.

In his opening Plunkett Shield match, he belted 71 and 33 against Otago, then produced a 39-ball 50 against Canterbury later on in the season. His first-class bowling figures were perhaps under-whelming, but this certainly wasn’t the case in the shorter formats.

He starred in the one-day competition, taking 10 wickets at 25.80, but it was the HRV T20 Cup where Rance shined. He broke the New Zealand record for best T20 figures on debut (4-13) and was by far and away the Stags most economical bowler - in-fact, Rance finished second to Daryl Tuffey in the HRV Cup economy rates, with an impressive 6.37 RPO. His economy and 11 wickets at 13.90 helped the Stags take out the T20 Competition and a birth in the Champions League in India later that year.

Prior to CD’s CLT20 campaign, Rance headed to England to play a season’s league cricket in Lincolnshire for Louth. His bowling form continued, as he took 33 wickets at 14.36 in the ECB Premier League but, with the exception of a T20 Cup 100, he suffered a glitch in batting form, averaging 19.64 across all formats.

A few weeks later (September 2010) and Rance was off to India where he proved again to be the most economical bowler on show for the Stags taking figures of 1-30 (4) against both Victoria and the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore that featured the likes of Dravid, White, Kohli and Taylor.

Despite his success for the Stags in 2009/10, Rance only featured in 1 first-class and 3 T20 matches in 2010/11 mainly attributed to a foot injury which also put him out of action for much of the 2011/12 season. That said, a successful operation and high-level performances at club level, Rance won his way back into the Stags set up for the 2014/15 season, where he has excelled across all formats since.

In search of further cricket, Rance joined North Lancs and Cumbria League club Furness for their 2016 campaign. Unsurprisingly, the Stags’ seamer excelled taking 89 wickets in league and cup cricket for the club, all with the astonishing average of 8.35. He took 7 five wicket hauls, best figures of 7-9 and enjoyed an economy rate of 2.81. Rance was also a useful contributor with the bat, scoring 439 runs at 23.11 including two fifties and highest score of 87.

He was a revelation for Furness and, following another dominant 2016/17 domestic season across all formats (20 wickets at 20.05 in the Plunket Shield, 11 wickets at 26.90 in the Ford Trophy and 15 wickets at 23.93 in the McDonald's Super Smash), he was finally rewarded with a Blackcaps call-up for their Irish Tour in May 2017.

Rance has since returned to Furness, where he continues to excel, topping the league wicket-charts (39 wickets at 8.69 at the point of writing). He is though, eager to explore County cricket for the remainder of the 2017 season, or indeed, a full stint across all formats for 2018. Rance, who's entitled to a spousal visa courtesy of his Dutch wife, represents a high-class, proven professional who comes regarded as not only one of the nicest, but funniest blokes on the circuit (well, according to his Stags’ team-mates).


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Match Type Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Balls Runs Wkts BB Ave
ODI 2 - - - - - 105 110 1 1-44 110
T20I 5 2 0 2 1 1 96 125 7 3-26 17.85
First-class 40 53 13 821 71 20.52 6379 3398 115 6-26 29.54
List A 45 28 9 184 41* 9.68 2069 1789 70 4-32 25.55
Twenty20 62 17 8 83 42 9.22 1274 1622 80 4-13 20.27

Statistical record last updated 13th August, 2019
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Team (season)MtsInnsNORunsHSAveOvsRunsWktsBBAvg
Furness (2016) 18 13 2 206 60 18.73 197.5 544 68 7/9 8.00
Louth (2010) 12 11 0 116 38 10.55 147 474 33 5/38 14.36