Grafton United Cricket Club first team member Alan Burton is the winner of November's Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP - performance of the month.
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Jamie How will retire from all professional cricket at the end of this summer’s domestic Ford Trophy competition.
How, who played 19 Tests, 41 One Day Internationals and five T20Is for the BLACKCAPS, and captained his country during first-class matches on the 2007 tour of England, will step out of the game to take up a full-time role with Toyota New Zealand’s marketing team.
“These are never easy decisions to make but the time has come to embrace an opportunity outside cricket,” How said.
“The role with Toyota New Zealand was too good to pass up. I really thank them for the opportunity they’re providing, and I’m looking forward to the new challenge.
“Most importantly I’m looking forward to spending more regular time with my young family and to establishing a career after cricket”.
Ronnie Hira has been in scintillating form for the Canterbury Kings during the Twenty20 campaign and is the deserved winner of the Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP award for the competition.
Tasked with opening the innings Hira showed he has more to his game than his miserly left arm orthodox skills, finishing the Georgie Pie Super Smash 6th highest run scorer with 273 at 30.33 and the impressive strike rate of 151.67.
The November winner of the Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP
Performance of the Month is Alan Burton from Grafton United Cricket Club.
Alan plays for Grafton's Premier Men's team and for his leading MVP performance wins a brand new Kookaburra cricket bat courtesy of Fujitsu Heat Pumps.
Burton produced a match double that would get attention at any level, scoring 110 in the