Monday 31 March 2014 

Haka'd But Love It - Signing Off With A Smile

Goodbye to the OC boys
Saying goodbye to the OC boys...
© Will Edwards
 
Sky diving was one final thing to tick of Will's list in New Zealand...
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The cricket season in New Zealand has come to an end and with it my time in New Zealand and my job of being OC’s overseas pro.

The last five months on the cricket field has been full of its up and downs and I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t done anywhere near as well as I should have done.

But off the field I have had the time off my life! I have been able to do things that I have always wanted too, culminating in my long-awaited sky dive last week. On top of this I have built new friendships that I hope will last for many years to come. And all this while experiencing a new and completely different culture to our own.

When I arrived here in Whangarei with OC I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I was a touch apprehensive about what I had got myself in too, especially as I knew very little about cricket in New Zealand.

If I am being completely honest the cricket side of things here has been disappointing, mainly because the standard of cricket has not been as high as I had hoped it would be and I feel the drop in standard from what I am used too and at times the lack of numbers of people playing cricket has caused me to be less motivated than I should have been, particularly after Christmas and as a result I failed to get the individual results I would have liked.

All that being said however, being part of OC has been an absolute pleasure and I can’t thank all the boys enough for getting me over and treating me so well during my time here. 

I am very much looking forward to the challenge and all that this season has to offer. I set exceptionally high expectations of myself and that is certainly the case for this coming season.

I know that to achieve what I want to this year I will have to be at my best for the entirety and although it will be tough I fully believe that I will be able to achieve my goals...

Although we lacked consistency on the field boys, nobody can argue that off the field we were the best and most consistent team in Northland, keep up the good work lads!

In all seriousness though, I wish you the best of luck with everything boys and I hope that you will be able to get OC back to its glory days on the field as soon as possible. It is a great club you have and it deserves to do well. I will certainly miss our Saturday evenings in that pavilion.

When I arrive home on Thursday I am straight back into it, with only 10 days before the season starts at home and having missed almost all of pre-season I will certainly have my work cut out to get my game in order enough so I feel prepared for the season opener.

Nevertheless, I am very much looking forward to the challenge and all that this season has to offer. I set exceptionally high expectations of myself and that is certainly the case for this coming season.

I know that to achieve what I want to this year I will have to be at my best for the entirety and although it will be tough I fully believe that I will be able to achieve my goals...

As I head for home on Wednesday I will miss everything this beautiful country and all the people that have made my time here so great.

None more so than Barry and Jose Hermon who have done so much for me since I arrived. Allowing me to live with you was one thing but to then make me feel part of the family as much as you have has been amazing. I really am so grateful for everything and I can’t thank you enough!

It has been a pleasure being able to keep you up to date on my thoughts and what I have been doing over the last few months, I hope that you have all enjoyed reading my pieces, and hopefully I will be able to bring you more in the future as I aim for bigger and better things.

Finally boys, how about one last rendition. I WANNA BE AN OC PLAYER…

© 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.