Carrickfergus Cricket Club is pleased to announce the signing of Otago, New Zealand, and former Netherlands all-rounder Michael Rippon, as their overseas professional player/coach for the 2023 season. This follows the withdrawal of South African Dayyaan Galiem, who has suffered a serious knee injury.
Originally form South Africa, 31 year old Rippon made his debut for Western Province and Cape Cobras in 2011, and also had two seasons with Sussex in 2012 and 2013. He made his international debut for the Netherlands in 2013, and went on to play for them in 9 ODI’s and 18 T20I’s.
He moved to New Zealand in 2016 and has played for Otago in domestic competitions since then. He made 3 appearances for New Zealand A v India A, and has played one T20I for his adopted country against Scotland.
Rippon is a middle order batsman and bowls left arm wrist spin. He has scored 2165 first class runs @ 27.75, and taken 126 wickets @ 35.43, and in List A cricket has scored 2249 runs @ 34.60, and taken 132 wickets @ 28.14.
Carrickfergus club captain CJ van der Walt commented “We are very pleased to have signed a quality player for the 2023 season, and look forward to welcoming Michael to the Club next month”. The Club wishes to thank Dan Hancock of Club Vitae Cricket Agency for his assistance in making this signing.