Rhys Mariu

  • D.O.B.: 15/12/2001
  • Player Type: Batting All-Rounder (Spin)
  • Placed: Flitwick CC
  • Nationality: New Zealander
  • Playing Role: Right-handed Top Order Batter and Right-arm Leg Spin
  • Coaching qualifications: Cricket New Zealand Level 1 (ECB Level 2 Equivalent)
  • Recent teams: Canterbury Kings (NZ Domestic), Canterbury A, New Zealand U19
  • Entry route: International Sportspersons Visa
  • Available: April to September

Rhys Mariu is an exciting young batting talent from Christchurch, NZ. A part-time, Right-arm Leg Spinner, Rhys’ dominant talent is his Right-handed Top Order Batting. Currently contracted to Canterbury in the New Zealand Domestic system, Rhys was a regular for the New Zealand U19 side, representing them at the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa.

School at St Andrews College, Christchurch, Rhys was a star for the school and a regular selection in the Canterbury age groups, starring for their U17/U19 sides. His performances saw him selected for the New Zealand U19 squad in 2019 as a 17-year-old and he represented New Zealand in bilateral series against Australia and Bangladesh before leading the NZ run scoring tally at the 2020 World Cup in South Africa with 206 runs @ 41.20 as one of the youngest batsmen, having turned 18 just a month beforehand.

He continued playing age group and club cricket post-COVID and cracked the Canterbury A side throughout 2021 & 2022 before making his professional debut in early 2023, scoring 68 & 78* against Northern Districts, with his 2nd innings knock seeing the Kings home in a tense chase, showing maturity and level head beyond his 21 years as he carried his bat to seal the win. Rhys got his first hundred in just his fourth first class game, a first innings 122 to set up a big win over Wellington.

Now fully contracted, Rhys is looking to head to the UK for the first time in 2023 and seeks to join a competitive Premier League club for his first foray into cricket abroad.

Team Season Matches Innings Runs
Canterbury Career 4* 8 405
HS Average Wickets Average Best Bowling
112 57.85
Team Season Matches Innings Runs
Canterbury A Career 5 6 168
HS Average Wickets Average Best Bowling
89 35.60
Team Season Matches Innings Runs
Ohoka CC/Canterbury Country 2021-22 10 11 442
HS Average Wickets Average Best Bowling
202* 49.11 16 12.25 3-21
Team Season Matches Innings Runs
New Zealand U19 Career 13 13 378
HS Average Wickets Average Best Bowling
100 31.50 2 53.50 1-23