Press Release: New Zealand Over-45 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-45 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:

1Mike Ranson            Auckland
2Robbie Hyndman     Auckland
3Robin James          Canterbury
4Matt Hunt                Northern Districts
5Stuart Watkins       Wellington
6Richard Frylinck    AucklandDebut
7Brendan Byrne      Northern Districts
8Tony Watkins          Southern Districts
9Charitra Gandi      Wellington Debut
10Colin Owens          Wellington
11Jason Smith           Auckland
12Zakk PrattNorthern Districts
Head CoachDavid RussellCanterbury
Assistant CoachBryan PriceCanterbury
Manager Christine RussellCanterbury

Comments from the Board of Directors about the selection of the squad:

The New Zealand Over-45 team had a recent trial in Auckland upon which they narrowed their World Series squad to 12 players. The final player was named after a fitness test conducted last week.

There is significant experience in this squad with regards to Masters World tournaments. Robbie Hyndman will partake in his fifth Masters World Series, Jason Smith his fourth, whilst Mike Ranson, Matt Hunt and Tony Watkins will be heading to their third such competition. Robin James and Brendan Byrne have moved up from the New Zealand Over-40 side to compete in their second Masters World Series. Colin Owens returns to the side after a very good Trans-Tasman series in 2018 and Stuart Watkins is also in the team after last playing for the New Zealand Men’s side in the 1990’s. Charitra Gandi makes his debut for New Zealand after an excellent performance in the trial whilst Richard Frylinck also makes his New Zealand debut, having played for South Africa in the 2013 Masters World Series.

Head coach David Russell and assistant coach Bryan Price have selected a very strong side with a lot of experience that can push for a World Series title in Cape Town. Christine Russell returns for her second World Series as the Manager of the side.

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