North Shore Times : February 11th 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz SPORT NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Tricky balance on field One day Victoria Lind would like New Zealand’s best domestic women’s twenty20 side to have the opportunity to play in an international competition. She isn’t suggesting any- thing on the scale of the men’s Champions League and its potential pay day. Something a little closer to home would do it. ‘‘It would be fantastic to have some sort of format where the winners could even go over and play against the winners in the Australian competition,’’ Lind says. knowing that you may have helped contribute to that success in even the smallest way is a great feeling ‘ Victoria Lind Auckland Hearts captain I love seeing my teammates succeed and CAPTAIN’SCHAT Victoria Lind, captain of the national titlewinning Auckland Hearts, tells Felicity Reid about what it is like to lead from behind the stumps and what she hopes for the future of the women’s twenty20 game. captaincy and leadership.’’ As a wicketkeeper Lind is always in the action. ‘‘It’s probably the best pos- ition to captain from. From where I stand I see exactly what the batter sees which is a huge advantage,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m probably still learning how to mentally switch on and off between captaincy, wicketkeeping and then having some down time between balls. ‘‘You spend a lot of time ’ The Auckland Hearts were unbeaten in the domestic twenty20 competition this year, taking out the final against the Canterbury Magicians by seven wickets in a dominant showing. Lind, 28, has been around the first class scene for 10 seasons and has been captaining Auckland since the 2009/2010 season. When she first took on the captaincy role Lind looked up to world cup winning New Zealand captain Emily Drumm. ‘‘She always seemed to be calm and in control plus she led from the front as a superb batter,’’ Lind says. ‘‘She has one of if not the best cricket brains in the game. I’ve had the pleasure to do a lot of work with her in my career so far and she has taught me a lot about out in the field during a game and combining those two roles were probably my biggest struggle when I first started captaincy. But I have learnt and done a lot of work in this area in the last couple of seasons and am definitely seeing the benefits now of working hard to nail done routines and strategies.’’ The challenge of working through tactics with coaches and other players and coming up with plans and ideas to win games appeals to the Takapuna Cricket Club member. ‘‘The role (captain) is not just about making decisions but also how to get the best out of your teammates and getting everyone working together which I really enjoy. ‘‘I love seeing my team- mates succeed and knowing that you may have helped contribute to that success in even the smallest way is a great feeling.’’ Five of Lind’s Auckland team mates have been selected for the White Ferns upcoming home series again the West Indies, including debutants Holly Huddleston and Samantha Curtis. Lind has been around the national team before, last playing for New Zealand in the 2009/2010 season, and she wants to get back into the fold in the future. ‘‘Playing for your country is something that I think every athlete aspires to achieve, I have been lucky enough to be a part of the NZ team a few times and would love to wear the Fern again someday.’’ One player who has made a return to the White Ferns this year is Sara McGlashan. In her first season with Auckland after transferring from Central Districts, McGlashan finished the top aggregate run scorer in the twenty20 competition. In one match against the Northern Spirit McGlashan scored a world record 131 not out off just 63 balls. It is believed to be the highest individual score, the most sixes in an innings, the fastest century and the equal-fastest half-century in New Zealand women’s domestic twenty20 cricket. McGlashan notched up the impressive total at Hamilton’s Seddon Park in a game that was part of a double header with the men’s televised HRV Cup game – but no footage of McGlashan was taken. ‘‘It would have been fan- tastic to have had even one camera turned on getting some shots of such a 27 CLUBCRICKET Matches at vital stages The form book was thrown out of the window on day one of the latest round of two-day matches in the Major Championship with leaders Suburbs New Lynn facing a large run chase against Birkenhead City. Birkenhead City have runs on the board thanks to a century from Terry Crabb. Suburbs began the day with an 18-point cushion at the top of the ladder but will now have to work hard for first innings points on day two after Crabb struck 17 boundaries in a sublime 134. The left hander’s efforts helped Birkenhead to a total of 289 before they were bowled out with Nic Montgomery (32) and Ullrich Boshoff (26) offering Crabb valuable support. At stumps Suburbs New Lynn were 4/0. The match between Taka- puna and Grafton United is in the balance after day one at Onewa Domain. Grafton posted a solid total of 233 batting first. The hosts used nine bowl- ers in their attempts to oust the visiting batsmen. Aaron Watson claimed Champion cricketer: Auckland Hearts captain Victoria Lind leads her team from behind the stumps. Photo:KEVIN STENT/DOMINION POST special innings,’’ Lind says. ‘‘However, we understand that women’s cricket doesn’t draw the crowds or fan base that men’s does so we don’t expect to see our games on TV.’’ While performances like McGlashan’s undoubtedly helped Auckland this season, Lind says there were a number of factors which led to being in two domestic finals. ‘‘We are a really tight unit and there is a huge amount of trust within the team that any one person could get the job done. It really helps everyone to therefore express themselves and play their natural games which is important in T20 cricket,’’ she says. ‘‘The girls have also devel- oped composure, which has helped us to win those small moments in games that we may have previously lost.’’ Though Auckland couldn’t snare a second domestic title – losing to Otago in the oneday competition – Lind says they will be back next season as an even better team. Junior athletes have potential for pictures 4/66 from 20 overs while Elliott Herd and Greg Johnson bagged two each. Johnson and Kyle Duns- more then batted out the remaining 13 overs of the day taking Takapuna to 25/0 at the close, setting up an intriguing second day. Reigning champions East Coast Bays ended day one of their match with bottom of the ladder Howick Pakuranga on 216/9 at Windsor Park. Batting first the hosts battled through 94 overs with Donovan Deeble (47) and Rowan Bezuidenhout (44no) top scoring. Aces seamer Donovan Grobbelaar sent down 24 impressive overs for the visitors, conceding only 40 runs while picking up three wickets but Patrick Cairns returned the best figures, claiming 4/37 from his 24. Bays currently sit third on the ladder, 20 points behind leaders Suburbs New Lynn, while Howick are just three points behind Grafton in the race to avoid the drop. North Shore looked poised to secure first innings points against Eden Roskill at Devonport Domain after the first day’s play on Saturday. The visitors batted first and were in trouble in the early stages, falling to 23/4. A half century from Open day: The Auckland Blues are all coming to the Shore to meet their fans and offer some tips. Blues visiting en masse The entire Blues squad of 37 players will attend a public open day at QBE Stadium on February 16. Benji, Jerome, Sir JK and our Harbour boys will be present for the skills and drills sessions, autograph session, bouncy castles and other activities. ❚ Meet the Blues Open Day, February 16 from 2.30 to 4.30pm at Outer Oval , QBE Stadium (Previously known as North Harbour Stadium). Photo: HAGEN HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES Thumbs up: These junior runners have given the State Beach Series their seal of approval. Are you enjoying the swimming, running and paddling event too? Scottie T Photography is at Takapuna Beach each Tuesday night capturing the action. Go to northshoretimes.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see if you were snapped taking part or supporting the weekly event during race 11. Andrew Mansale went some way to rebuilding the innings but a relentless Shore attack contained Roskill for 70 overs before they were bowled out for 135. Aidan O’Connor returned 3/11 from 10 overs while all six Shore bowlers took at least one wicket. In reply Shore reached 85/4 in 28 overs. Skipper Josh Tasman- Jones once again led from the front with 42 but four wickets from Roskill coach Azhar Abbas have kept his side in the match.
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