Big hopes on 'Baldrick'

By ANENDRA SINGH - Sports Editor

Christchurch-born Dutch international Peter Borren is the X factor in the one-day domestic men's competition beginning tomorrow.

The 28-year-old captain of the Holland cricket team is in the Devon Hotel Central Districts Stags line-up for the opening round of the Ford Cup campaign against the Canterbury Wizards in Christchurch.

"With Jacob Oram not playing Peter will bat in the middle order and bowl at the death and in power plays," CD coach Alan Hunt said last night of the right-arm medium pacer with the nickname of "Baldrick" and who captains the Netherlands team.

The former New Zealand under-19 representative has played 49 ODIs, amassing 791 runs with the highest score of 96, averaging about 19.77.

He has 40 ODI wickets with the best bowling figures of 3-30 and an economy rate of 5.05.

"He's an overseas player but with no financial inducements. He will be paid the same money as other domestic players," Hunt said.

While the Stags had to adjust their mind-set, he felt they needed to adapt to the new rules pertaining to two taking two fresh white balls bowled simultaneously from each end and after each over, and the power plays injected at different times.

Young Wanganui talent Ben Smith, making his one-day CD debut like Borren, will be saddled with the responsibility of blunting the white balls that tend to swing in the first few overs.

Hunt didn't think the freshness of the balls would negate the need for spinners because slower deliveries to force players to execute shots were vital in snaring wickets.

"There's always room for players to take the pace off the ball," he said, adding the challenge in selection was more on whether to take an extra batsman or a striker bowler.

With Ben Wheeler out with a side strain, rookie left-arm spinner Marty Kain comes into the squad.

Wheeler's absence won't affect the side considering speed merchant Adam Milne was rested in the Plunket Shield match which ended yesterday.

Former Black Cap Michael Mason also returns after responding to an SOS from the injury-stricken CD camp for one shield game against Otago.

Mason, who picked up 6-20, was not available for the shield campaign on account of a young child while his partner works fulltime in Palmerston North.

CD team: Jamie How (c), Peter Borren, Carl Cachopa, Peter Ingram, Michael Mason, Adam Milne, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Tarun Nethula, Mathew Sinclair, Ben Smith, Kruger van Wyk, Ben Wheeler.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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