DateLine: 23rd June 2009
Lowerhouse have signed New Zealand all rounder Ian Butler on a short term deal. Butler will act as Lowerhouse professional for the next eight games of the season.
Butler, who represents Northern Districts back in New Zealand is fresh from the T20 World Cup. He is a right arm quick bowler and right handed batsmen. He has played in 8 Test Matches, 18 One Day Internationals and 8 T20 internationals. He boasts an impressive test match bowling average of 36.83 with a best of 6/46 against Pakistan.
The 27 year-old has been selected for the New Zealand Squad that will tour Sri Lanka from mid August but is available until he departs.
Cricket Chairman Stan Heaton said: “We have had a few problems with professionals this year. We have signed three quality players who’s contracts we have had to terminate for either injury or international commitments. Obtaining quality sub professionals particularly for Saturday matches has also been an issue and I would like to place on record my thanks to MD David Wren who has worked tirelessly day in day out to try and find the very best sub professionals. We are now delighted to have some continuity with Ian. His attitude and commitment was first class on Saturday and we are sure he will do a good job for us. Our young side has done very well this season despite the professional problems and we hope Ian will help us to continue and enhance our progress’.