PHOENIX

  • Captain: Tom Anders
  • Overseas Player: Brad Kneebone
  • Players In: Fletcher Coutts, Sine Tsotsa, Alex Karvelas - All overseas
  • Players Out: Nic Pretorious (The Hills), Ari Karvelas (overseas)
  • Young players to watch: Rory Anders, Ben White, Ian Anders

It's all change at Phoenix who have no fewer than four overseas players joining the club for the forthcoming campaign.

Although they have lost the influential keeper/batsman Nic Pretorius who has returned to The Hills, and the prolific Ari Kervelas, the credit column reads four to their two debits.

Brad Kneebone is a 24 year-old New Zealander who plays for Northern Districts A.

He is an opening batsman who also keeps wickets. He has previous UK experience helping Heriots win the Scottish Cup in 2012, and played for Alton the following year.

He's joined by his club mate in New Zealand Fletcher Coutts, who has an impressive all-round season in Premier club cricket there.

Australian Ari Karvelas adds quality, while teenage South African Sine Tsotsa is a former Eastern Province youth wicket-keeper batsman.

The club is bolstered by the news that Rory Anders is back bowling this year after an injury ruled him out in 2017.

Ben White is looking to push into the Lightning Bolts side, while Ian Anders hopes to build on his U19 World Cup Selection this January.

"We have a young squad this year with an average age of 24 and a captain of 22," said a club spokesperson. 

"We hope to build on the past two seasons and finish in the top three in Division 1 for the first time in a decade.

"With plenty of new players in we should have a fun atmosphere in the dressing room and hopefully that can lead to chemistry on the field."