Monday 10 February 2014 

Haka'd But Love It - Rain, Frustration & Jet Skis

Will Edwards bats
A frustrating week for Will saw the final two-day game of the season called off due to rain
© Will Edwards
 
Jet ski
He did at least get to enjoy some jet-skiing (this isn't him in action, by the way!)
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Our final two-day game of the season proved to be yet another frustrating affair. Having chosen to bat first on a scorcher of a day we only managed to post a competitive 216. It was a modest total in truth and should have been a lot more especially as all of our three main batmen, including myself, all got themselves in and got themselves out.

This was followed by a late-order collapse which saw us go from being in a strong position at 190 for five to being 216 all out. A score far shorter then what we were hoping for after our promising start.

However, we managed to fight back with the ball and by the close of play after some tight and aggressive bowling we had Boys High at 80 for four. We were feeling a lot better about the day's play than we were two hours prior to the close.

Then, as is so often the case back home, the rain intervened. Thursday and Friday of last week were monsoon-like.

And, as a result of tropical storms falling throughout the whole of both days our match was abandoned on Friday evening. This proved to be a very premature decision from both teams as on Saturday (game day) the sun returned and unfortunately it was too late to reverse the decision.

It was a very disappointing way to end the two-day season but we move on and we can now fully concentrate on putting a good run together in the one-day competition, hopefully concluding with a final at the end of it.

Yet again it was infuriating that I got myself out in the 20s, especially as im continuing to hit the ball well and feel good about my batting. But that means nothing if you can’t turn it into results.

It’s very important that over the next week or so I continue to work hard at my game and not let my head drop in an attempt to rediscover my good form from earlier in the season. If I manage this then I’m sure in the coming games I will be rewarded with a few big scores.

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The Bay of Islands has yet again been my go-to place over the last week. This time however my chosen mode of transport around them was a jet ski. Something I’ve always wanted to ride on, it didn’t disappoint and there was something exhilarating about zooming around the Islands like a complete fool relaxing and without a care in the world.

Last Thursday was Waitangi day here in New Zealand - the equivalent to Australia day just nowhere near as alcohol-fuelled.

Waitangi Day marks the anniversary of the treaty of Waitangi, the treaty which signalled the handing over of Kiwi lands from the Maori chiefs to the British crown. The traditional activities of Waitangi usually just involve a BBQ with family and friends although unfortunately this year those plans were rather ruined by the weather.

Don’t we know how that feels in England?!

The weekend off cricket allowed me the opportunity to go and spend a couple of days in Auckland, seeing a friend who I will struggle to see again before I return home and it was great to be able to go around parts of the city I had not yet seen and experience yet more of New Zealand.

Auckland is a beautiful city. It really is New Zealand’s London only with 10 million people less. There is so much to see and do and the harbour really gives the city its character.

This next week promises to be an exciting one for me. The next few days will be spent training and putting in some hard yards before my game on Saturday which will hopefully bring positive results for both OC and me.

Then on Sunday I head to Queenstown in the South Island for four days, something I am particularly looking forward too as Queenstown is apparently a stunning town, full of activities and home to arguably the best night life in New Zealand.

© 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.