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    Thanks guys. The only trouble I'll have with some of them is I'm working for the Oamaru Mail, and our readers aren't as interested in Australian domestic cricket as you. That's not a big issue though, I can still ask them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Brad/David, why did you choose such a **** team to play for?
    It wouldn't be a bad team if they had Williamson, Vettori, Southee in there though

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    Thought I might be being a bit optimistic. Warner doesn't fly in til tonight (enjoy Oamaru!!), Hodge doesn't talk. I spoke to Graeme Aldridge instead. He was a decent guy- I'll link my article tomorrow if anyone's interested. My apologies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike5181 View Post
    It wouldn't be a bad team if they had Williamson, Vettori, Southee in there though
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    Ask dave warner whether he thinks the age restrictions are working in 2nd xl cricket.
    And will he miss futures cup games to play for northern districts.(we are top of the table).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb View Post
    Thought I might be being a bit optimistic. Warner doesn't fly in til tonight (enjoy Oamaru!!), Hodge doesn't talk. I spoke to Graeme Aldridge instead. He was a decent guy- I'll link my article tomorrow if anyone's interested. My apologies.
    Interested, yes.

    When visiting Whagarei earlier this year I read a good in the Northern Advocate with Joey Yovich. Some of the longer serving fringe-NZ players have interesting stories to tell about their career, their international hopes, the effect of contracts (IIRC Grub would have started with ND before the contract system), pitch conditions in NZ, the rise of domestic T20 etc.

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    Right, for some reason my article, published on Wednesday has not been uploaded to the Mail website. Took this from raw, apologies for length. Northern thrashed Otago by 9 wickets. Aldridge took 3-24, Hodge got a fifty, Warner failed:

    Experienced Northern Districts
    strike bowler Graeme Aldridge
    says his team are confident ahead
    of today's Twenty20 clash with
    Otago at Oamaru's Whitestone
    Contracting Stadium.

    The 33-year-old, who has led
    the ND attack so far this season,
    said Sunday's win against Auck
    land was _ if anything _ too
    easy. Aldridge took 2-20 from four
    overs as Auckland collapsed for a
    paltry 74. If Otago are to do better,
    they will need good performances
    from their overseas professionals
    Darren Stevens and Chris Nash
    and key batsmen Craig Cumming,
    Aaron Redmond and Neil Broom.
    ``They're the three big boys in the
    top order,'' Aldridge said.

    While ND respect their oppon
    ents, Aldridge seems eager to get
    at the Volts. ``I
    wouldn't say
    we're afraid of
    any of them,''
    he said.

    ND have
    two huge over
    seas stars
    themselves in
    Australians
    Brad Hodge
    and David Warner. Hodge, a for
    mer test batsman, is currently in
    the one-day form of his life and
    has come to ND looking for a
    place in next year's Twenty20
    Champions Trophy in India.

    ``He's been good,'' Aldridge
    said. ``Very relaxed, and he's fit
    ted into our way of thinking.''

    Hodge has made a couple of
    cameo knocks in the HRV Cup so
    far, but Aldridge reckons Oamaru
    could see a masterclass from the
    Aussie star. ``He's ready to do a
    big innings. Tomorrow would be
    good,'' he said.

    Oamaru will also welcome the
    big-hitting Aussie David Warner,
    who flew in on Tuesday night to
    take the field.

    ``We're excited about him,''
    Aldridge said.

    The small boundaries at
    Whitestone Contracting Stadium
    will play into the hands of the
    powerful ND batting line-up, but
    Aldridge's job is to stop Otago
    taking the same advantage.

    As a bowler, Aldridge has an
    impressive record in Twenty20,
    with 21 wickets at an average of




    24. ``You need a bit of luck,'' he
    said. ``Some days you can bowl
    quite well and cop a hiding, others
    you can get a couple of half-
    volleys caught on the boundary.
    But you can influence the game.''

    As for batting, well, ND like to
    keep things simple. Though
    Twenty20 is known for innovative
    flicks and paddles, many times
    they just don't come off.

    ``It's something we think about
    _ proper cricket shots, standing
    still at the crease. Look at Hodge.''

    Even ND's captain Peter
    McGlashan, known for his
    innovative stylings and unortho
    dox strokeplay, gets going with
    normal shots before he brings out
    the reverse paddles.

    Aldridge thinks ND have a
    great chance of winning the HRV
    Cup this year and is buoyed by
    the thought of the Champions
    League.

    ``For a lot of
    the guys who
    haven't played
    internationally
    it'll be the
    biggest stage
    they've ever
    had,'' he said.

    However,
    there are
    plenty of ND
    players who have played on the
    biggest stage of all. Recently,
    19-year-old Kane Williamson
    joined them. Aldridge has known
    Williamson for a while.

    ``Everyone realised six or
    seven years ago he would be a
    good player. I just hope the media
    are patient with him and give him
    time. It's easy to forget he's so
    young.''

    There are plenty more where
    Williamson came from. ND's
    Trent Boult, a pace bowler, has
    been talked about as a future
    Black Cap. ``He's got all the
    goods,'' Aldridge said.

    Hamish Bennett, a young
    Timaru-born paceman, recently
    made his Black Caps bow before
    getting injured. Aldridge defin
    itely sees what the selectors are
    trying to do.

    ``They want to fill the gap
    Shane Bond left,'' he said.

    ``If you're a young bowler with
    a bit of pace you'll be wanting to
    work hard.''

    A good message for young
    North Otago pace bowlers, even if
    it comes from today's enemy.

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