Thursday 23 January 2014 

Haka'd But Love It - Looking For Runs, Dolphins & Whales

The Bay of Islands
Will headed north but unfortunately was unable to see any dolphins or whales this week
© Will Edwards
 

Following the defeat to Boys High a week ago the main thing I asked of the OC boys was that they showed more pride in their own performance.

I thought if they showed this then the results and performances would naturally improve and that was something that would be vital going into such a big weekend for the club. Thankfully the boys responded.

On Saturday we entertained a Kaipra side full of confidence and hunting for titles in both the one day and two day competition. Kaipra batted first and posted a mammoth 375 for eight declared.

But the lads didn’t let their heads drop and came out fighting with the bat finishing the day on 99 for one to set up what should be an interesting day on Saturday, providing we can apply ourselves and show the same fight as we did in the last session last Saturday.

Sunday saw us travel down to Pukekoe, a three-hour drive south for the New Zealand Club Championships. We travelled down full of optimism knowing that a win would go a long way too really kick starting our season.

Our hope and optimism was taken onto the field and as we fielded first again, we did fantastically to restrict our hosts to 217 for eight off their 50 overs.

Unfortunately though, as has been the case far too often this season we got ourselves into a winning position with the bat only to let it slip. Having been 110 for two after 20 overs, we collapsed to 180 all out.

The top four, including myself all got in and then got out and we really have to take responsibility for us not winning the game; at least one of us should have gone on and seen us through to what really was a modest total.

So a day that had started with such bright hope and encouragement ended incredibly disappointingly and we were left with a three-hour bus ride home to drown our sorrows.

The weather this week has been poor so I haven’t been able to do a lot outside of cricket and a lot of my week has been taken giving one-to-ones to some of the guys from the club. This is something I enjoy and am more than happy to do.

However, yesterday I did manage to go up to the stunning Bay of Islands which are situated about an hour north of Whangarei. There I took a cruise around the Bay searching for dolphins and whales.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to find any. But the bonus of that is as we didn’t find any I get to do the cruise again for free, so I will hopefully do that over the next couple of weeks.

And although we didn’t find anything it was pretty special just being able to chill out on the ocean for an afternoon whilst taking in some of the stunning scenery. It was the first time I had been north but after seeing it and experiencing the Bay of islands I will definitely be spending more time up there and experience more of what it has to offer over the next couple of months.

© Cricket World 2014

Will Edwards - Haka

My name is William Edwards, I’m 19 years old and an opening batsman. I am spending the winter here in New Zealand’s North Island as an overseas professional for Onerahi Central cricket club (OC).


Throughout my time here I will be describing what I get up to, the experiences I pick up and what exactly is expected of me as an overseas professional. Back home in England I have played for teams such as Leicestershire CCC 2nd XI and Academy and Lincolnshire CCC 1st XI.