Press Release: New Zealand Over-35 Men’s Team Announcement for 2019 WICF Masters World Series

Ahmad Khawaja

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The Board of Directors of Indoor Cricket New Zealand are pleased to announce the New Zealand Over-35 Men’s team selected to compete in the 2019 WICF Masters World Series in Cape Town, South Africa this October.

The team announced is as follows:

1Darrin CrookAuckland
2BJ CrookWellingtonNew Zealand Masters Debut
3Bryce FellowsWellingtonNew Zealand Masters Debut
4Nathan DaleyNorthern Districts
5Dan VannCanterburyNew Zealand Debut
6Laurence WatsonCentral DistrictsNew Zealand Debut
7Craig FosterWellington
8Matt HendersonAuckland
9Craig StevensCanterburyNew Zealand Masters Debut
10Jason HillAuckland
11Leith JohnstonWellington
12Robert ShearyCentral DistrictsNew Zealand Masters Debut
CoachPaul AndersonNorthern Districts
Assistant CoachJames KirkCentral Districts
ManagerDaniel BatleyCentral Districts
Trainer/PhysioAmelia VickersNorthern

Comments on the team selected:

A training squad was selected after the National Club Championships last September, which was narrowed down to a travelling squad of 12 after a training camp in Wellington in late March.

The squad has a vast amount of experience, with eight former New Zealand Open Men’s players selected, and several members of the victorious Trans-Tasman series side from 2017 also included.

Bj Crook, Bryce Fellows, Robert Sheary and Craig Stevens, although experienced Open Men’s players, are new to the Masters age group and provide a more youthful flavour as other players have moved up to the Over-40 side.

Nathan Daley and Craig Foster are the last remnants of the World Series winning Over-30 team from 2013, and will be looking to replicate that success again in South Africa.

The Board has ratified and endorsed the team selected above.

Comments from coach Paul Anderson:

I am thrilled with the balance of the side, and am excited about the opportunity of improving on our silver medal from the last World Series event in Birmingham, England in 2016. That was the most competitive World event I had been involved in with Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia and hosts England all trading wins and losses throughout the round robin, before New Zealand and Australia emerged to compete in the final. The hard work starts now and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead with the aim of going one better this time around.

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