Flowery Field is delighted to announce the signing of promising kiwi batting all-rounder Fergus Lellman for their 2023 Greater Manchester Cricket League campaign.

Lellman is an exceptional prospect who made his Plunket Shield debut for the Northern Knights toward the back end of last season (April 2022).

His selection was just reward for several seasons of dominance for Northern Districts A, Bay of Plenty, and his Premier club side, Otumoetai Cadets.

A gifted batter, dynamic fielder, and skillful medium-pacer, Lellman has progressed through the ND ranks and his success at age group level culminated with New Zealand Under-19 inclusion.

He made his debut against the touring Bangladeshis in September 2019 and ended their 4 ODI series with 269 runs at 89.66, including a century (116*) and 2 fifties (76 and 56), all with a strike rate nudging a run-a-ball.

A few months later, he was a consistent performer at the ICC Under-19 World Cup, producing notable scores in each of his 5 matches. In his 12 ODI matches for New Zealand, Lellman has racked up 431 runs at 43.10.

Over the past few seasons, Lellman has quite literally “banged the Knights door down” to earn his first-class call-up. He impressed for ND ‘A’, and Bay of Plenty, but it was his utter dominance at Premier club level for Cadets that really pushed his claims. In 2020/21, he struck 596 runs at 49.67 and took 20 wickets at 22.35. Lellman then belted 3 hundreds amongst 692 runs at 57.67 last summer (2021/22) alongside 10 wickets at 29.2 for good measure.

In between these seasons, he put his studies (Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics), on hold for a winter to pursue his maiden season in England. Unsurprisingly, he enjoyed a productive season playing for Downham Town in the top tier of the Norfolk Alliance hitting 805 runs at 40.25 and taking 20 wickets.

Having enjoyed his season abroad, Lellman is now set to embark on a UK return in 2023, hopefully with a few more Knight’s matches under his belt come April.

The kiwi batting all-rounder will play for Flowery Field in the Greater Manchester Cricket League next summer, and will no doubt be one to keep tabs on next summer.