Haka'd But Love It - Half-Time Review
The beginning of New Zealand cricket's annual Christmas break has brought an end to what can only be described as a disappointing first half of the season for Onerahi Central.
A half of the season where the side has failed to reach the same levels as they did last season - consistency has been the main downfall for the side so far.
Since my time here the boys have played some excellent cricket and as I mentioned in a previous piece they did excellently to reach the final of the Twenty20 competition, but these days have been too infrequent compared to what the lads were hoping for at the start of the season.
And Saturday in our one day game away to Kaipra summed up the season so far perfectly.
Kaipra batted first on a sweltering day and our bowlers bowled brilliantly to restrict them to 145 for seven after 35 overs, especially given the fact they were 80 for no loss.
Then we really let it slip, allowing Kaipra to reach 247 for eight after 50 overs. Henry Cooper was again the pick of our bowlers finishing with figures of four for 19 off 10 overs.
Our batting then got off to a slow but steady start and we found ourselves again in a strong position at 160 for one after 38 overs. Again though, as with the bowling, we failed to capitalise on our position of strength and we collapsed to 204 all out.
Henry and I were our top scorers, finishing with 63 and 72 respectively, and if we are being honest with ourselves, as two of the more experienced players in the side we should have seen the team home.
It was a disappointing way to end the year but there is definitely a lot to build on going into 2014, where it is vital that we look to be more consistent.
The loss didn’t dampen our spirits, however, and the hour and a half drive back to Whangarei was made considerably longer by a few cold boxes of beer in the mini-bus, several very well-placed pubs and bars along the road and a small number of, let’s just say, breaks for personal relief. The team then headed into town to conclude a rather boozy journey home.
Saturday was an important day for the club as OC was lucky enough to be chosen to be on the next version of 'The Cricket Show', a weekly New Zealand show about cricket from around the world and every week they focus on one Kiwi club.
OC were chosen this week cause of the success of last season, where they won everything available to them. Club members young and old were interviewed as well as game footage being recorded and we are all looking forward to the show being aired and depicting what is a great club and one with a superb history, both on and off the field.
Due to the start of the school holidays my time as a coach ended this week. Doing this has taught me a lot about working with and how to handle kids which is obviously a vital skill and one which I hope I will be able to use to my advantage when I return home. As I have mentioned before it is something I have enjoyed and found incredibly rewarding.
So, next stop for me is Sydney. Two weeks in the company of close friends in one of the world's greatest cities - what better way to spend Christmas and New Year?
I really can’t wait and am looking forward to the no doubt endless abuse I will receive from the Aussies about The Ashes. I think I can safely say they will not be gracious winners...
So until next week where you'll all have the pleasure of hearing from my close friend, Worcestershire CCC's Tom Fell, poroporoaki.
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