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