Undercover tour­na­ment

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa Col­lege stu­dents Daniel Rose and James Lewis found the go­ing tough when they turned out for their coun­try in a re­cent in­door cricket se­ries against South Africa.

Played in the first week of the school hol­i­days at the Ac­tion In­door Sports Val­ley cen­tre in Lower Hutt, both Rose (NZ un­der 15s) and Lewis (NZ un­der 13s) played well – Daniel com­ing sec­ond in the MVP rank­ings af­ter big con­tri­bu­tions with bat and ball.

Un­for­tu­nately both sides were beaten, a score­line of 3-2 for the 13s and 4-1 for the 15s. For Rose’s side, how­ever, the score­line didn’t re­flect how close they were to their South African coun­ter­parts.

‘‘The games were re­ally tight – the one we won was by 50 and the four we lost were re­ally close, each was by less than 10 runs,’’ says Rose.

‘‘It was an awe­some se­ries, I re­ally en­joyed my­self and it was un­for­tu­nate that we lost, but they [the South Africans] were a fan­tas­tic team. I think their body lan­guage said they wanted it more than us.’’

Rose has played the game since the age of seven and says while there are leagues in Welling­ton – pri­mar­ily played at the Hutt Val­ley and New­town in­door sports cen­tres – it is not a sport with a huge fol­low­ing.

‘‘Not many peo­ple know about it, we need to get the word out.’’

Photo: JO MUR­RAY

Na­tional caps: Daniel Rose, left, and James Lewis, pulled on New Zealand colours to take on South Africa in in­door cricket re­cently.

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