After 12 years of service for the Auckland Aces, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme will play his domestic cricket for Northern Districts in the 2018/19 season.
The Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club player made his Auckland debut in 2007 against Central Districts in Plunket Shield cricket and leaves the organisation having played an impressive 94 First-Class matches, 120 List A games and 150 T20’s.
De Grandhomme now resides in Tauranga so the move to a Major Association closer to home made sense for the burly all-rounder.
“I have a lot of respect for Auckland Cricket and want to thank the team and the staff for everything they’ve done for me over the years,” said de Grandhomme.
“It was a hard decision, but I’m looking forward to representing Northern Districts in a big season ahead.”
Auckland Cricket CEO Iain Laxon is sad to be losing such a talented cricketer but understands the rationale behind de Grandhomme’s decision.
“Colin has been a great player for Auckland for more than a decade and we thank him for all the memories and match-winning performances over his time with us,” said Laxon.
“We are proud how Colin has developed and matured in his time with Auckland. We wish him all the best at Northern Districts and good luck for the season ahead.”
Auckland Aces coach Mark O’Donnell says he will miss de Grandhomme both on and off the field.
“A top player for Auckland and a top bloke. I’m glad he is taking his international opportunities now,” said O’Donnell.
“I will miss his incessant chatter; Auckland and the Aces wish him well.”
De Grandhomme leaves Auckland with some impressive stats – a First-Class batting average of 36.25 and bowling average of 29.72.
He has scored 11 First-Class centuries and 29 half centuries while he has taken 151 First-Class wickets.
De Grandhomme is currently in India for the IPL.