Daniel aims for the top

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Daniel Rose has his own cricket net at his Tawa home.

The back­yard bat­tles he has with his brother are se­ri­ous – a bed­room win­dow was smashed af­ter an un­for­tu­nate de­flec­tion re­cently – but likely not up to the level of in­ten­sity at the Ju­niors World Se­ries in­door cricket tour­na­ment he played in last month.

One of the coun­try’s top in­door play­ers for his age, 16-year-old Daniel ended the tour­na­ment as the top wicket taker and run scorer, help­ing New Zealand take out the ti­tle.

They de­feated Aus­tralia in the fi­nal by 19 runs, boosted by him and his open­ing part­ner get­ting the run chase off to a flyer.

‘‘It was an awe­some trip and we pre­pared well with train­ing camps, so were prob­a­bly a bit more ready for the com­pe­ti­tion than some of the other coun­tries.

‘‘We lost to Aus­tralia in pool play, so it was great to knock them over in the fi­nal.’’

The lean fast bowler has a busy sum­mer ahead of him, with his Tawa Col­lege side seek­ing pro­mo­tion to Prem 1 – only three play­ers are year 13, mean­ing the bulk of the team will re­turn next year.

Daniel also has am­bi­tions to stay in the Welling­ton age­group setup and play the oc­ca­sional game for his lo­cal North City club.

The ul­ti­mate goal is to be play­ing for his coun­try at the Un­der-19 Cricket World Cup in Christchurch in 2014.

Kapi-Mana News has been told Daniel is a great prospect to play premier grade cricket in time.

‘‘Play­ing for Norths can only im­prove my game,’’ Daniel says.

The only Welling­ton player in the New Zealand in­door side, he would love to continue play­ing this form of the game.

‘‘It’s fast and you can def­i­nitely trans­fer those skills to out­door cricket.’’

All-round class: His fu­ture in the out­door form of cricket may be as a bowler, but Tawa’s Daniel Rose showed his met­tle with the bat as

his New Zealand side beat Aus­tralia in the fi­nal of a re­cent

in­door se­ries.

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