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Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:31 am

Aussies break NZ hearts in World Cup indoor cricket in Petone

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HEAD TO HEAD: The New Zealand under 20’s boys team has a practice round against Australia in preparation for the World Cup.

NEW ZEALAND may be dominating the Aussie’s at rugby, but at indoor cricket they’ve been beating us up this week.

The New Zealand premier team played its first game against Australia at the Indoor Cricket World Cup last night and was defeated 122(2) – 79(2).

The event is being staged at Hutt Indoor Sports in Petone.

New Zealand has six teams – premiere men’s and women’s, invited men’s, under-20 boys, invited under-20 boys, and under-20 women’s.

In the build-up to the tournament assistant coach for the premiere men, Paul Anderson, said he was happy with the effort the teams have put in to getting prepared for the World Cup.

“We do a lot of skills work, but also expect the guys to work hard in their club at their regions.”

Preparation began in August last year where a 19 man training squad was named.

After two training camps this year, the final 12-man playing squad was named.

“We’ve trained for up to 10 hours in a day, because the squad is made from men from all over New Zealand we have to maximise our time together,” says Mr Anderson.

“We do a lot more work on partnerships and what we’re going to do as group.”

There have been eight men’s world cups, and Australia has won them all.

Mr Anderson says that Australia has dominated cricket since it’s exemption in the mid 1980’s, but New Zealand is starting to win a few titles.

The New Zealand premiere men’s team were close to winning in 2009, and also won the men’s over-30’s last year and the under-16 boys in 2012.

He said the dark horse in the competition will be the NZA side which is a cross between development and experienced players.

“There are three or four really promising young guys in the team who will be in the mix for the next world cup in three years’ time,” Mr Anderson says.

Mr Anderson, who has been coaching for 21 years, says he is excited about the World Cup.

There has been a high amount of publicity for the even through social media, and also a lot of local newspapers have been jumping on board supporting the players from their communities.

The competition began yesterday and the final is on Saturday.

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