Michael Rae

  • D.O.B.: 13/06/1995
  • Player Type: Seam Bowler
  • Availabilty: Yes
  • Nationality: New Zealander
  • Playing Role: Right-handed Lower Order Batsman and Right-arm Fast/Medium
  • Coaching qualifications: Cricket New Zealand Level 1 (ECB Level 2 Equivalent)
  • Current teams: New Zealand A, Otago Volts (New Zealand State Cricket), North East Valley CC (Otago Premier Cricket)
  • Entry route: UK Passport
  • Available: April to September

Michael Rae is a sharp, swing bowler from New Zealand’s South Island state of Otago. A right-arm seamer that can hit 140km/h when the mood is right, his natural in-swing has proved to be a real handful as he matured into a regular in the Otago Volts side in all 3 formats, having originally been pigeon-holed as a longer format player since bursting on to the scene as a 19 year old.

His sharp pace has seen him dominate the Otago Premier League consistently for North East Valley CC but his form in the 2016-17 & 2017-18 seasons saw Michael come into his own, being named Otago Volts bowler of the year (2016-17) and the Volts Plunkett Shield player of the year (2017-18). His impressive 2017-18 form saw Michael selected to represent a NZ XI in one day games against both the West Indies and Pakistan and he finished the summer with 38 wickets @ 23.42 in all formats.

Having ventured to the UK in 2015, joining Tewkesbury CC in the ECB West of England competition, Michael picked up 35 wickets @ 25.91 with a best of 5-48 against Frenchay CC. He also managed to score 452 runs including a 102* batting at 3 in a tour match. He scored 232 runs @ 15.47 with a half century in the league, showing his ability to be able to not only hold an end but contribute.

In 2020, Razor was selected for New Zealand A on 4 occasions, picking up the wickets of a number of household names like Azhar Ali, Mayank Argawal, Shubham Gill, Kraigg Brathwaite & Vijay Shankar. His selection was well earned with summer 2020-21 yielding 53 wickets across all formats proving to be his most successful to date.

With a UK passport, Michael will be a great option for a club seeking a genuinely sharp new ball bowler for next summer. His wife will be joining him for the majority of the season.

Team Season Matches Innings Runs
Otago Volts Career 70 72 444
HS Average Wickets Average Best Bowling
36 9.06 163 33.74 7-35
Team Season Matches Innings Runs
North East Valley CC 2019-22 9 5 39
HS Average Wickets Average Best Bowling
17 4.80 15 17.66 3-6
Team Season Matches Innings Runs
Tewkesbury CC 2015 25 24 452
HS Average Wickets Average Best Bowling
102* 21.52 35 25.91 5-48