Parlane named new Wellington skipper

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News reaches us of former Swardeston player Michael Parlane being made skiper of Wellington in New Zealand.

Parlane, who spent three years as Swardeston overseas star and last played in the 2003 season, will captain a team which also includes Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming when he is not on international duty.

Parlane was chosen after an excellent domestic season in 2005-06, in which he made 625 runs in the State Championship at an average of nearly 45. He was the highest run-getter for his side in the State Shield limited-overs competition, with 292 runs at an average of 41.71. Formerly with Northern Districts, he moved to Wellington in 2003.

It’s special for me,” said 34-year-old Parlane. “It’s something I’ve always thought I could do, but never thought the chance would come.”

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