All-rounder David Willey will play for the Auckland Aces in the HRV Twenty20 Cup this winter. Willey will miss the first three rounds of the competition due to his England EPP commitments. This means Willey’s potential Auckland debut could come away to reigning champions Otago Volts on 27th December.
Auckland are traditionally one of the strongest sides in the competition, having won the competition three times previously, most recently during the 2011-2012 season. Willey is just one of a handful of stars Auckland have brought in to regain the HRV Cup, as they have also announced that Brad Hodge, Luke Wright and James Fuller will play for them during the campaign.
On signing for Auckland Willey said, “It is a great opportunity to further improve my t20 skills and I am looking forward to taking part in one of the strongest domestic competitions in the world, for a club that has a great history of being very successful.”
Northants Head Coach David Ripley is delighted for the 23 year old, saying “this is an excellent opportunity for David to further push himself towards England recognition, following on from his brilliant season for us. Auckland have a strong domestic team, add this to the experience Hodge and Wright will bring and I am sure David will learn a lot while he is in New Zealand and will be able to bring this back to Northamptonshire.”
Auckland Aces coach Matt Horne is delighted at bringing in so many great players such as Willey. “To secure these guys for the HRV Twenty20 is really huge for us. All of them are proven Twenty20 performers and each one gives us something different. We think they’ll provide us with some real strike power and we’re looking forward to them joining us from November.”