The Board of Directors of Indoor Cricket New Zealand are pleased to announce the New Zealand Over-35 Men’s team selected to compete in the 2019 WICF Masters World Series in Cape Town, South Africa this October.
The team announced is as follows:
|2||BJ Crook||Wellington||New Zealand Masters Debut|
|3||Bryce Fellows||Wellington||New Zealand Masters Debut|
|4||Nathan Daley||Northern Districts|
|5||Dan Vann||Canterbury||New Zealand Debut|
|6||Laurence Watson||Central Districts||New Zealand Debut|
|9||Craig Stevens||Canterbury||New Zealand Masters Debut|
|12||Robert Sheary||Central Districts||New Zealand Masters Debut|
|Coach||Paul Anderson||Northern Districts|
|Assistant Coach||James Kirk||Central Districts|
|Manager||Daniel Batley||Central Districts|
Comments on the team selected:
A training squad was selected after the National Club Championships last September, which was narrowed down to a travelling squad of 12 after a training camp in Wellington in late March.
The squad has a vast amount of experience, with eight former New Zealand Open Men’s players selected, and several members of the victorious Trans-Tasman series side from 2017 also included.
Bj Crook, Bryce Fellows, Robert Sheary and Craig Stevens, although experienced Open Men’s players, are new to the Masters age group and provide a more youthful flavour as other players have moved up to the Over-40 side.
Nathan Daley and Craig Foster are the last remnants of the World Series winning Over-30 team from 2013, and will be looking to replicate that success again in South Africa.
The Board has ratified and endorsed the team selected above.
Comments from coach Paul Anderson:
I am thrilled with the balance of the side, and am excited about the opportunity of improving on our silver medal from the last World Series event in Birmingham, England in 2016. That was the most competitive World event I had been involved in with Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia and hosts England all trading wins and losses throughout the round robin, before New Zealand and Australia emerged to compete in the final. The hard work starts now and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead with the aim of going one better this time around.