My first comment this week is about the weather, something we British love to talk about. Everyone reading this back home will be pleased to know that it has rained a lot here this week, and something I have learnt is that when it rains here, it pours.
It has been a very wet week over here which has meant most of my time has been spent inside. I hope that the wet weather over here will make at least a few people back home experiencing the 'Arctic blast' feel a bit better about the weather.
All the rain has meant that I have been unable to coach in the schools for a majority of the week so have had a lot of free time on my hands, most of which has been spent putting in the hard yards in the nets, working on my own game and trying to groove a couple of things as well as having the two weekly sessions with Northland.
Away from cricket I have been enjoying some down time with the boys from the club and catching up with friends back in England. This has been nice as since I have been here it has been pretty full on with coaching and playing so it has been nice and refreshing.
In addition to this I have booked flights to Sydney for Christmas and New Year to meet up with a few mates and hopefully watch The Ashes, although, after the recent displays I’m not really sure that I want to. And just as I write this, England have lost the second Test. What a load of rubbish that was!
Saturday was National Crate Day in New Zealand, a day where it's customary that a crate of beer is bought and drunk by an individual throughout the day. So, naturally, the boys were very keen to finish early and partake.
Fortunately, the rain managed to stay away for most of the day. After day one the boys knew we had a lot of work to do to try and save the game and everyone responded brilliantly. First with the ball where we managed to take the last six City wickets for just 50 runs with Adam Silva and Henry Cooper taking four wickets each.
That gave City a lead of 80 with 45 overs left in the day. We then managed to get to 120 for one before the captains shook hands early and the game was drawn, much to the appreciation of both sides.
Both Henry and myself made unbeaten half-centuries. It was an excellent day's play from all of the OC boys and we should take a lot of confidence going into the one-day game on Saturday against Kaipra, the strongest side in the league and the final game before the Christmas break.
I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks. After this Saturday I will have about four weeks off from coaching and playing so it will give me more of a chance to do a bit of travelling around New Zealand and to see a bit more of what this amazing country has to offer.
I also plan on doing a few more exciting things away from the cricket field. Hopefully a sky dive is on the cards, only if I can bring myself to do it that is. But don’t worry, you’ll be the first to know.
I’d just like to confirm to all my friends back home that it is actually me writing these articles, I’m not paying anybody to do it for me. Thanks for all the support, follow me on Twitter @wadders94 to be kept more up to date of what I am up to.
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