2019-20 Victorian Men’s contract list confirmed

Cricket Victoria has announced its Victorian men’s contract list for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

2019-20 Victorian Men's contract list confirmed

Cricket Victoria has announced its Victorian men’s contract list for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

In total, 31 players make up the squad that includes five Cricket Australia contracted players (Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Glenn Maxwell and James Pattinson) and six rookies (Sam Elliott, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Jonathan Merlo, Ed Newman, Mitchell Perry and Patrick Rowe).

Nic Maddinson and Andrew Fekete have been offered full contracts, as has Essendon batsman Aaron Ayre who will return to the squad for the first time since the 2016-17 season. Fast bowler Zak Evans has been upgraded to a full contract from his rookie status in 2018-19.

Ayre had an excellent season in Premier Cricket for Essendon, amassing 1057 runs at an average of 58.7.

On the rookie list, Sam Elliott – son of former Victorian great Matthew Elliott – is a right-arm quick and spent time in the nets with the Sheffield Shield squad late last season.

He is joined among the rookies by right-handed batsman Jake Fraser-McGurk who made his Toyota Futures League debut last November.

Victoria enters the new domestic season as defending champions of both the JLT One-Day Cup and JLT Sheffield Shield.

Cricket Victoria General Manager – Cricket Shaun Graf said the squad was a good blend of emerging youth and experience.

“Our results last season were outstanding and we saw the year as a real step forward in the evolution of the squad. We gave some younger guys opportunities, which they took, and we’ll be looking to build on that this season,” Graf said.

“Nic Maddinson was one of the great stories from last season as was the performance of Andrew Fekete at key times and they both bring great experience to the list. We’re also looking forward to watching the next stage of development in our younger players like Will Sutherland, Mackenzie Harvey and Tom O’Connell, who alongside Will Pucovski are developing strongly.”

“Overall, we are very well placed to meet the demands of the many state and national commitments that will arise over the season,” Graf said.

Wes Agar, Sam Grimwade and Cameron White were not offered contracts for next season.

Victorian Men’s 2019-20 squad

Name – Premier Club

Aaron Ayre – Essendon

Scott Boland – Frankston Peninsula

Jackson Coleman – Melbourne

Xavier Crone – Carlton

Travis Dean – Footscray

Zak Evans – Ringwood

Andrew Fekete – Camberwell

Aaron Finch* – Geelong

Sebastian Gotch – Melbourne

Peter Handscomb (C)* – St Kilda

Sam Harper – Melbourne

Marcus Harris* – St Kilda

Mackenzie Harvey – Carlton

Jon Holland – Frankston Peninsula

Nic Maddinson – St Kilda

Glenn Maxwell* – Fitzroy Doncaster

Tom O’Connell – Monash Tigers

James Pattinson* – Dandenong

Will Pucovski – Melbourne

Jake Reed – Geelong

Matthew Short – Northcote

Peter Siddle – Dandenong

Will Sutherland – Prahran

Chris Tremain – Melbourne

Eamonn Vines – Geelong

Sam Elliott (Rookie Contract) – Fitzroy Doncaster

Jake Fraser-McGurk (Rookie Contract) – Monash Tigers

Jonathan Merlo (Rookie Contract) – St Kilda

Ed Newman (Rookie Contract) – Dandenong

Mitchell Perry (Rookie contract) – Monash Tigers

Patrick Rowe (Rookie contract) – St Kilda

*denotes Cricket Australia contract

In: Aaron Ayre, Andrew Fekete, Nic Maddinson, Zak Evans (Upgrade), Sam Elliott (Rookie), Jake Fraser-McGurk (Rookie)

Out: Wes Agar (Rookie), Sam Grimwade, Cameron White

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