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Henry Cooper

New Zealand | All-Rounder (Spin)

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Henry Cooper
Born20/05/1993
Country New Zealand
Player Status Available
Player Type All-Rounder (Spin)
Player RoleRH Top-Order Bat | RA Off-Break
Player Level Professional
Entry Route Tier 5 (Creative & Sporting)
Major TeamsNorthern Districts, Northern Districts A, Northern Districts U18s, Northland
Coaching Qualifications

New Zealand Cricket Level 1 (UKCC Level 2 Equivalent)

 

Henry Cooper (25) is an exciting prospect playing for Northern Districts, who can boast arguably the strongest domestic side in world cricket, to include the likes of Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson and Neil Wagner, to name but a few. 

Over the past two seasons, Cooper has played for the Knights in the Plunket Shield first-class competition and impressed. His maiden summer yielded 262 runs at 29.11, to include his first ton (101). He then backed up with 450 runs at 40.90, to finish the summer as the Knight's fourth leading run-scorer (behind Tim Seiffert, Daniel Flynn and Anton Devcich). 

37 years after his dad, Northern Districts legend, Barry made his debut in New Zealand first class cricket, Henry has followed in his father’s footsteps by donning the purple baggy and stepping onto the field as a Northern Districts player. Henry scored his maiden first class hundred in only his fourth time out in the middle as a Northern Districts players in the first innings of the game, before displaying his talent again in the second innings of the Plunket Shield game against Auckland by making 83.

His selection was courtesy of his run-scoring exploits for his Onerahi Central, Northland and Northern Districts A in recent years. In-fact, in the most recent season, Cooper was named Northland’s batsman and player of the year.

Whilst Henry is some way off matching his Dads appearance tally for Northern Districts of 62 first class games, if his performances this summer is anything to go by, it will be a surprise if he doesn’t surpass Barry’s achievements. Cooper puts his recent success down to the previous three winters he spent in England. He played for Broad Oak in 2015 and helped the club remain in the Huddersfield Drakes League’s top flight, amassing 852 runs in that campaign.

He really showed his class in 2016 and took his game to the sort of levels required to play at the very top.  The right hander topped the league averages with 1135 runs at an average of 66.76, which contributed to the Gillroyd Lane based club to 6th in the league. And he firmly believes this experience has made him the player he is today.

Cooper will be hoping to cement his place at the top of the Northern Districts batting line up for years to come by continuing to impress whenever he takes guard, both home and abroad. He has returned abroad over the past two seasons, to play for Pennine League club Rochdale in 2017 (889 runs at 59.27 and 17 wickets at 18.24) and Burbage and Easton Royal in the West of England Premier League in 2018 (685 runs at 48.93 and 29 wickets at 14.34).

Unfortunately, Cooper doesn't plan a UK return in 2019, but he will consider subsequent seasons, subject to domestic cricket in New Zealand. 

 

Last Updated

11/09/2018

Statistics

Match Type Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Balls Runs Wkts BB Ave
First-class 15 26 1 893 136 35.72 48 17 1 1-16 17
List A 9 9 0 70 22 7.77 22 28 1 1-25 28

Statistical record last updated 10th December, 2018
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Experience

Team (season)MtsInnsNORunsHSAveOvsRunsWktsBBAvg
Burbage & Easton Royal (2018) 16 16 2 685 119* 48.93 139.5 416 29 5/22 14.34
Rochdale (2017)  22 20  889  110*  59.27  71.4  310  17   5/21 18.24 
Broad Oak (2016) 29 24 7 1135 66.76 103 424 22 19.27
Broad Oak (2015) 28 24 2 852 38.73 174.4 785 33 23.79