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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday March 17
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, March 17, 2014 — 9 125655-V7120304-V4 SEASON HIGHLIGHT: The Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club’s team of 10-year-olds, with their umpire Ant German and the four Black Caps. Times photos David McPherson Black Caps bowl in for talk and games By DaviD McPherson THEY may be international cricketers, but four Black Caps proved recently they enjoy a bit of relaxed fun. Colin Munro, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson and Luke Ronchi spent a couple of hours at Lloyd Elsmore Park surrounded by young cricket- ers and their parents. Their visit was thanks to Spec- savers and volunteer umpire of the year Ant German, of Howick. The Black Caps’ appearance was the final part of an impressive prize for Mr German that included tick- ets to the test between New Zea- land and India at Eden Park, and a coaching session with interna- tional umpires Brent “Billy” Bow- den, Gary Baxter, Steve Davis and Richard Kettleborough. Mr German, who coaches the Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club’s team of 10-year-olds, describes the session as “really cool”. “Luckily we had the bye this weekend,” he says. “But the boys wouldn’t have missed this for the world, even if it meant we had to forfeit a game.” He says the Black Caps players were really friendly. “They just chilled with the boys and enjoyed themselves,” says Mr German. As well as doing a little coach- ing, the players joined in a relaxed game with the youngsters before talking about their cricket careers and answering questions. Later that day, the Black Caps flew out for Bangladesh and the T20 World Cup. They open against England on March 23. TALKATIVE: Above, the national cricketing heroes answer questions, from left, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi and Colin Munro; left, medium pacer Tim Southee delivers a wrist spinner in bare feet.
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