Mathew Sinclair: Black Cap On Dole Queue | Stuff.co.nz
The glorious life of an FC cricketer in New Zealand. 18 years of service earning so little money that even the UB seems attractive by comparison.
Anyway, well done Skip. A superb FC career and an excellent servant of the game in this country. Had he been a little less loyal to his home country, he might've left years ago to take up more lucrative domestic offers in SA and/or England. The fact that he didn't shows what a classy guy he is.
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Was amazing for me personally when Skippy agreed to start a blog on Cricket Web. I've chatted to him many times and he's a great bloke.
Fantastic cricketer on his day. For what ever reason could never quite could nail the consistancy.
I think Sinclair is just being extravagent saying he is going on the dole, trying to give one last barb to NZC (though if he ever finishes his book I expect there will be a few more), given the timing one must presume he was not happy with his CD ranking, and pulled the plug. Seams the same thing happens with Chris Martin, pity both CD & NZ could not flag it earlier so they could retire with grace (and send off matches) in March/April.
Yes too true about an insulting domestic ranking most likely pushing them both over the brink there. Due to the HRV Cup paying the piper and not being a liability like the other formats, the domestic season will become even more about bull-headed greenhorns trying to crassly club each other than it really needs to be.
Internationally, his is what he'll be remembered for...
A shame it didn't work out for him internationally. A big loss to the domestic circuit.
Congratulations on a great career Skippy! Such a stylish and elegant player in full flight. I think I first saw his name when he was batting no3 in the under 19 side captained by Craig McMillan that won a 'test' in Australia. The article mentioned that Sinclair and McMillan were NZ's best batsmen (others in the team included Matthew Bell, Chris Gaffeney, Stephen Lynch & Hamish Barton), so I kept an eye on his progress.
He quickly started scoring prolifically for CD & it seemed inevitable he'd have a long NZ career. It was a shame he never really secured a permanent spot, but he played some terrific innings and that brilliant outfield catch to get Hayden will live long in the memory.
I remember reading he was working on a book, I hope he publishes it one day. I imagine he'd have a fairly unique take on NZ cricket over the last 15 years.
Thanks for the memories.
McMillan has captained?
Were the bowlers ordered to bowl bouncers all day?
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