Cricketer off to Australia

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by Chris Tobin

Waitohi cricketer Sophia Goslin is looking forward to a trip to Australia with the New Zealand A team of blind cricketers later this year.

Goslin (23) who has partial vision, is a newcomer to the sport but has done enough to gain selection.

“I went to Christchurch to see how I’d like it. I got hooked and I’ve now been to more training camps at the New Zealand Cricket Academy in Lincoln and in Auckland.”

For visually impaired cricketers, the stumps are metal to give an audible sound, the ball is plastic with small plastic balls in it to rattle when it is moving, and bowling is done underarm.

A team of 18 has been named, with members coming from Dargaville to Invercargill. Further training camps are being planned before they fly out to Australia on November 2 for matches against Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia in T20 matches.

The Pleasant Point Hotel and HRL are holding a fundraising auction night at the hotel for Goslin on September 22.

Local businesses had been extremely generous in donating items for auction including a miniature header, helicopter ride, meat packs and wood, she said.