A wet Irish summer has blighted Kate Broadmore's preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup later this month.
The talented White Ferns all-rounder recently returned home to New Plymouth following a stint playing and coaching in Ireland for the Clontarf club in Dublin.
It turned out to be a frustrating experience with not a lot of cricket played in the bit over two months she was there.
"It just rained and rained," Broadmore said.
"We kicked the season off with a couple of games, then we had 10 games in a row washed out. So, I suppose, you could say it was a frustrating summer."
Broadmore's reason for going to Ireland was to get game time ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
"It wasn't only me that was affected, there were a couple of other girls from the White Ferns that went to the the UK so we were all in the same boat," she said.
Broadmore, 20, kept herself occupied, though, by coaching five junior age-group teams and the top two women's sides at her host club.
She played for the club's senior men's third XI - "it was interesting to say the least" - and the top women's side.
"It took a while for them to think ‘oh she can play cricket'," Broadmore said.
"I did fairly well, especially with the ball. I think I held my own against the men over there, which was good. The first weekend I hit a 50 and, in the Twenty20 men's final, I scored 30 off about 20 balls batting down the order. We lost that match by just one run."
Broadmore said cricket in Ireland was still very much in the development stage. She said there was little financial assistance to help develop facilities.
On her way home, Broadmore stopped off in Sri Lanka to link up with the White Ferns for a 12-day training camp.
"It was fantastic," she said. "It was a good 12-day blow out.
Broadmore said the camp allowed the players time to hone their skills before the World Cup.
"We know it's going to be tough with top dog teams like England and Australia among the opposition. We've done a lot of work in preparing, now we've just got to get the right mental approach and make sure we bring our A game to every game at the tournament," she said.
Broadmore is the youngest member of the squad.
The lineup sees the return of experienced international and New Zealand hockey representative Sophie Devine, while Nicola Browne, who played her first one-day international 10 years ago, has come out of retirement for the tournament.
"It's basically the same team as 2010 apart from the two Naki girls [Aimee Watkins who has retired from international cricket and Rachel Priest who is injured]," Broadmore said.
"So it's an experienced team with Nicola and Sophie back."
New Zealand's pool at the competition includes the West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
After the World Cup, Broadmore will be straight back into action for the Central Hinds, and Taranaki women, a team she captained last year.
Her aim this season is to gain selection for the one-day World Cup in India in February.
"It's a big year,"she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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