Hayes is over the moon to announce the return of Wellington run machine, Gareth Severin, for a third Kent League stint in 2024.

Gareth Severin is an explosive batter, who keeps wicket, who burst onto the New Zealand domestic circuit last summer, and has subsequently been rewarded with a Wellington Firebirds contract for the current 2023/24 season.

After years dominating Premier and Provincial A cricket, Severin was finally rewarded with Wellington selection (March 2023) and boy did he impress. He struck 80 in his maiden innings against Auckland, before almost single-handedly chasing down Northern Districts’ 391 in his second match, finishing with a record-breaking 196.

This innings, was truly exceptional. Coming in at 19-2, against an attack featuring the likes of Colin de Grandhomme, and Mitch Santner, Severin took the Firebirds to the brink of victory.

He would go on to play Canterbury in the final Plunket Shield match of the season, before returning abroad where he’d enjoyed a Premiership-winning campaign with Hayes the previous summer. His success would continue for the Kent League club, and he would finish the 2023 season with 2,173 runs at 42.61 with 3 hundreds, including a sensational 146* (122) to chase down Minster’s 228 inside 44 overs.

He would also score runs aplenty in his 3 Kent 2nd XI outings last summer against Middlesex (T20 – 56, 50-over – 68), and Leicestershire (34).

Of South African origin, Severin was educated at Wellington College (NZ), and attended the New Zealand Institute of Sport. He represented the nation’s capital through the age groups, and was picked for a New Zealand Development team following a chart-topping NZ Under-19 Tournament. He has also excelled for Johnsonville in Wellington’s Premier Competition and has represented the Wellington A side in several Provincial A Tournaments in recent years.

His selection for the Firebirds side was just reward for years of toil, dedication, and performance. Since his return to New Zealand, Severin has continued to impress for Wellington, making his white ball debuts, in addition to scoring yet another big Plunket Shield hundred, this time 143 against the Auckland Aces.

The future looks incredibly bright for the kiwi run machine who will whisk his way back to the UK for a third Hayes stint in 2024. Holder of an Ancestry Visa, Severin is actively seeking County cricket alongside his Kent League matches this coming summer.