But that doesn't mean our NZ Croatia family have not been busy. A first-class hat-trick, long-awaited maiden five-wicket bag, life membership, and selection for a very prestigious British university team were just some of the achievements our members were up to over the course the summer.
BEN LISTER continued to impress in his second year as a professional cricketer with the Auckland Aces with young "Blister" now having played 14 first-class matches, eight Ford Trophy and 12 Burger King Super Smash matches overall for the team. Finishing the season on 43 career Plunket Shield wickets at a useful 21.83 average, Ben is now in sight of his first "50" and we look forward to Ben ticking off that first career milestone early next season.
After completing his medical studies in Otago, JAMES BEVIN is now at The University of Oxford studying towards an MSc in Global Health. James was selected for the prestigious Oxford University Blues cricket team that toured Cape Town in early January 2019.
"Overall, it was great preparation for our upcoming [UK] season and I was pleased to score some runs to help contribute to our great win over Western Province CC."
We're thrilled for James on both "career fronts", and wish him well for the upcoming 2019 UK season. Hopefully there is time for some more cricket and more news here to come!
It was something of an anomaly in ANTON DEVCICH's long career for Northern Districts aka the Knights that the 33-year-old off-spinning allrounder had never taken a five-wicket bag in any of the three formats.
All that changed in the 2018/19 season when he finally snaffled one (snaffled five no less!) in a Ford Trophy game for ND v the Wellington Firebirds in Whangarei.
At the end of 2018/19, Devvy had 12 ODIs, four T20 Internationals, 56 first-class caps, 89 List A one-dayers and 139 domestic T20s to his name. Unlike his brother Dean, he still hasn't got a run for the NZ Cros though, which would surely be a career highlight?
Finally a couple of shoutouts from the wrap-up of the season in April. First of all congrats to JOSH FISHER who made the New Zealand national club championship finals tournament with his side Parnell. Was a tough week for Parnell who had a handy side, but no luck, but great as always to see Fish taking a few wickies.