Haka'd But Love It - A Trip To Queenstown

Beautiful Queenstown
©Will Edwards

There has been very little cricket over the last week, for one reason or another, we had no game last weekend due to the two-day final between Kaipra and Maungakaramea taking place and the weekend before was a washout.

So it has felt a little bit strange being over here and not actually playing for such a long period of time. At times it has been a struggle to stay motivated to train when there has been no matches to be involved in but most of the time I have been disciplined enough to keep at it.

Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be selected for Northland to play against Waikato Valleys, but unfortunately the match was cancelled the day before, for reasons I am unsure of. It was incredibly frustrating as it would have been a good opportunity for me to play against top opposition, which is something I have not done a lot of out here.

My selection for Northland did come as a bit of a surprise to me given that I hadn’t scored many runs for OC over the last few weeks and especially as I wasn’t selected before Christmas, back when I was scoring a lot of runs. Either way I was happy to get the call up and just hope I will get another chance in the one remaining Northland game this year.

So with not a lot of cricket to speak of I took myself off for a few days to meet a friend in Queenstown, a real tourist hub in the South Island - not just in the summer but all year round.

It is a gorgeous place, a large town located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains, including the Remarkables mountain range. Queenstown doesn’t just have a great night life it is full of every activity you can think of and home to the Bungee Jump.

While I was there I did jet boating over the shot over canyon, one of the main attractions down in Queenstown, I also jet boated along the twin rivers, an hour long jet boat ride to the connection of two rivers through some of the most stunning scenery imaginable.

And as well as zip-wiring down a mountain I tried my hand at para-sailing, which was by far my favourite activity. Being attached to a parachute high above the lake and surrounded by the scenery that I was, it was simply incredible.

I loved my four days in Queenstown and it was great just to switch off and experience something different for a few days. I really do feel a lot more energised since my return.

Hopefully it will do me some good going into my last few weeks here and will help me to finish the season well for OC.

© 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.