24 Dec 2016

Wellington Cricket dumps T20 imports

5:54 am on 24 December 2016

Wellington Cricket has dumped its two Twenty20 imports, former England international Jade Dernbach and Australian Evan Gulbis, following a boozy night out in Nelson.

Dernach and Gulbis breached team protocols after a night out in Nelson, following Wellington's loss to Central Districts on Sunday. and missed a team meeting the following morning.

Jade Dernbach

Jade Dernbach Photo: Photosport

Dernbach was contracted to play for Wellington for the entire Supersmash competition, but his contract has been terminated with four games still to play.

Gulbis was only contracted to play the first four matches of the season and the Central Districts game was his last.

Wellington, without Dernbach and Gulbis, finally won their first T20 match of the season when they beat Auckland by 33 runs yesterday, having lost all four of their previous games.

Dernbach, 30, has played 34 T20 internationals for England and 24 international ODIs and has had a lengthy county career with Surrey.

Evan Gulbis

Evan Gulbis Photo: Photosport

Gulbis, 30, plays for the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash competition.

Wellington cricket chief executive Peter Clinton said the pairs' actions were disappointing.

Meanwhile, Wellington Cricket has taken a financial hit from their recent exhibition match against the Melbourne Stars.

Fewer than 1000 people turned up to the Basin Reserve to watch the match earlier this month.

RNZ understands Wellington Cricket lost more than $40,000 from the match.