Taranaki's Stockwell, Standen to represent NZ
The New Plymouth duo of Jordan Stockwell and Nick Standen have been chosen to play for New Zealand at the Indoor Cricket World Cup starting next Saturday.
It's a first for both at representing their country in an international competition.
Stockwell, 18, made the under-20 team, while Standen, 23, has a spot in the New Zealand Invitational line-up, one of two New Zealand senior men teams playing against teams representing six other nations.
Wider World Cup squads of 18 were selected last March and trimmed along the way at five training camps. The final teams were named late last month.
"We've got a training camp this weekend and we head down to Wellington for the tournament on Wednesday to complete preparations," said Standen.
The glass worker said the New Zealand men's invitational team is confident of finishing in the top four. The team faces a big test when they play Australia first up.
"Australia have dominated the World's, so if we knock them over it's all go," Standen said.
Stockwell's age-group team heads into their category as favourites.
"We have almost exactly the same team as the one that won the under-16's four year's ago. So we're the top dogs and expected to win,"said the apprentice builder.
Indoor Cricket requires players to be all rounders rather than in the outdoor form of the game which caters for specialists in one area, according to Standen.
"You can't hide in indoor cricket," he said. "You need to be slick in the field, bat four overs, bowl two overs and if you get out you lose five runs and you have to keep going."
Standen and Stockwell also play outdoor cricket, but have put that aside to focus on their cup preparations.
The week-long tournament has drawn a total of 350 players from eight countries, including South Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia and Asia.
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