BOYCIE – BOWLING EM OVER

Sam Boyce joined an illustrious band of sportsman in his province when he recently won Marlborough Cricketer of the Year.

SAM BOYCE - MARLBOROUGH CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

In a town that has produced many first-class players including New Zealand test legends Gary Bartlett and Lance Cairns, Sam fully deserved his accolades having been a mainstay of the Marlborough bowling attack for 10 years as well as for his club team Wairau Valley.

His accurate medium-pace in-swing bowling has netted around 80 wickets in his 75 match rep career so far with best figures of 5-19 v against Buller and he also snared a five-wicket bag against Canterbury Country.

DOING THE BUSINESS Sam Boyce in action for Marlborough against Buller.

Despite being just 29 years of age, Sam laughs when he reflects he’s one of the elder statesman on the club scene, but he still loves the game and inside his friendly, laid back nature, he’s fiercely competitive when he crosses the white line. Not only is his accurate bowling a mainstay of his club and rep team’s attack, he is also a useful middle, lower order batsman.

He still remembers his rep debut during the annual Chapple Cup tournament against Taranaki and that remains one of his favourite season events as well as any clash against arch rivals Nelson for the Newman Shield.

Sam played for Marlborough alongside his younger brother Harrison, out of the Wairau Club against Nelson in a Newman Shield clash and although they were unsuccessful he was proud to represent his province alongside him.

PROUD DAY Sam and his brother Harrison enjoy a well earned beer after a tough battle playing for Marlborough against Nelson

Another highlight was playing club cricket with his dad Stephen Boyce, formerly an outstanding opening batsman for Redwood and when he came out of retirement he played with Sam at Wairau Valley.

In winter time soccer is Sam’s sporting passion playing for the Central Club in the Marlborough senior competition.

SMASHED IT-Sam and myself after completing the Gold Coast half marathon

With 75 Marlborough rep appearances under his belt he admits reaching 100 games is an ambition. Fitness shouldn’t be an issue. When he’s not playing cricket or soccer Sam enjoys running half marathons and is taking on the Saint Clair event in Blenheim this year. He’s also-ran two Gold Coast half marathons.

Fishing is another favourite past-time although with cricket taking up most of his summer months he doesn’t get out as often as he’d like.

GOT EM Landing a beautiful king fish in the outer Marlborough Sounds

Sam is very appreciative of his parents support during his sporting endeavours and he paid tribute to his mum Liarne for all the hard yards she’s put in which has included taking the scorebook at club games.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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