Manawatu play­ers strike

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Public Notices - GE­ORGE HEAGNEY

Manawatu play­ers Navin Pa­tel and Rob Sheary are part of an ex­pe­ri­enced New Zealand in­door cricket World Cup squad head­ing to Dubai in Septem­ber.

It will be the fourth world cup for Palmer­ston all-rounder and for­mer Manawatu rep Sheary, who went to Eng­land in 2007, South Africa in 2011, both with the New Zealand team, then in 2014 he wasn’t picked for the se­nior side due to in­jury, but ended up cap­tain­ing the in­vi­ta­tional A side.

He missed out on the 2009 world cup while he was play­ing club cricket in Eng­land.

Cen­tral Dis­tricts pace bowler Pa­tel was in the same team as Sheary three years ago.

‘‘I played a world cup in 2014 with the New Zealand A side and then I made my de­but for the top New Zealand team in the tran­sTas­man last year in Aus­tralia, in Port Mac­quarie,’’ Pa­tel said.

‘‘We lost that se­ries 3-2, the first time a New Zealand side has taken a cou­ple of games off the Aussies. That put us in good stead for the world cup this year with more be­lief that we can take them down.’’

The rest of the team is ex­pe­ri­enced too. Nick Ward went in 2009, 2011 and 2014, and Matt Hen­der­son started be­fore Sheary, hav­ing gone to the Sri Lanka tour­na­ment in 2004.

Pa­tel and Sheary, who has just moved to Lower Hutt to run the Smith City store, also make up what is a strong bowl­ing lineup.

In the squad is for­mer New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ry­der and for­mer New Zealand all­rounder An­dre Adams is their bowl­ing con­sul­tant.

‘‘There’s some very good play­ers in that crew,’’ Sheary said.

PHOTO: ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF

Navin Pa­tel is in the New Zealand in­door cricket team head­ing to the World Cup in Dubai.

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