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BLINDCAPS 2017 – Team Profiles

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B1 - Gary Williamson

B1 - Kassi Scarlett

B1 - Ming Ming Edgar

B1 - Parveen Shankar

B1 - Ra Smith

B1 - Steven Donnelly

B2 – Brett Wilson

B2 – Enele Fata

B2 - James Dunn

B2 - Mike Marsh

B2 - Thomas Patterson

B3 - Ben Fellows

B3 - Deacan Dunn

B3 - Donna McCaskill

B3 - Marquele McCaskill

B3 - Ross Gilmore

Coach – Maia Lewis

Manager – Jon Scott

Umpire – Diana Venter

B1 - Gary Williamson

Gary Williamson Name Gary Williamson
Age 50+
Hometown Auckland
Team MSBSC
Sight Category B1
Specialist Area All rounder
Shirt Number 73

Gary is dual international, having represented New Zealand in both Blind Cricket and Goalball. Gary recently returned to the Blind Cricket scene after a 12 year absence from international competition having been a part of the first NZ team to play at the 1998 World Cup in India.

When asked what the story was behind Gary choice in shirt number, “the number 73 is a combination of two sports, I used to play rugby and still follow rugby and always enjoyed playing flanker, hence the number 7 and when I play goalball normally my shirt number is 3, so that is why I chose 73.”

Gary has many memories of his international travels for both Goalball and Cricket, a highlight of his cricketing career was the victory over Sri Lanka in the 1998 World Cup – a game that is still the only international win for New Zealand. Gary made his debut for New Zealand in the mid 1990’s where he played against Australia. Of lowlites in his cricketing career, “”the one that always jumps to mind is losing twice to England in 1998 and 2000. Both times [New Zealand] were in the position to win the game and somehow we didn’t”.

B1 - Kassi Scarlett

Kassi Scarlett Name Kassi Scarlett
Age 19
Hometown Tauranga
Team BOPBSC
Sight Category B1
Specialist Area Fielder
Shirt Number  

Kassi is one of the new kids on the block in terms of selection, this being his first selection. There's no story behind his shirt number selection at the moment - it was the first number that came to mind since his 2 other choices weren't available.

So far Kassi's chosen highlight is taking his first wicket in the NZBCA's domestic competition - a wicket against the Waikato Blind Sports and Recreation Club.

B1 - Ming Ming Edgar

Ming Ming Edgar Name Ming Ming Edgar
Age 26
Hometown Dargaville
Team MSBSC
Sight Category B1
Specialist Area Fielder
Shirt Number 17

Ming Ming has been playing Blind Cricket for almost 3 years now, he was originally selected for the NZ Development Team who played against Australia in 2015. His fondest memory of Blind Cricket is when he took his first wicket and a lowlight for him is misfields during games.

Ming Ming is also a power lifter and enjoys sailing and aikido as some downtime fun. As well as all this, Ming Ming is also an active volunteer in the Dargaville community, and can often be found playing music at local retirement villages in Whangarei or playing drums for his local church group.

B1 - Parveen Shankar

Parveen Shankar Name Parveen Shankar
Age 35
Hometown Auckland
Team MSBSC
Sight Category B1
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number 10

Parveen has been playing for New Zealand since 2006 where he was a part of the NZ side to play at the Pakistan World Cup. As well as being his debut of international cricket this also holds a strong memory for Parveen as this tournament was where he took his first international catch.

Parveen is originally from Fiji but lost his eyesight in a car accident in New Zealand. As well as playing cricket, he also plays lawn bowls and is a volunteer at Guide Dogs Services in Auckland where he covers reception for half a day each Friday.

B1 - Ra Smith

Ra Smith Name Ra Smith
Age  34
Hometown Wellington
Team  
Sight Category B1
Specialist Area Fielder 
Shirt Number 88 

A fresh player in the cricket scene, Ra’s enthusiasm has him using all kinds of body parts to stop balls.

Ra works with community groups and works part time as a massage therapist in the capital city.

B1 - Steven Donnelly

Steven Donnelly Name Steven Donnelly
Age 45
Hometown Hamilton
Team WBSRC
Sight Category B1
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number 26

Steven first played for New Zealand in 2001 against Australia in Sydney – this tour was a follow on for players who had taken part in the National Australian Blind Cricket Carnival. This also saw some cricket highlights for Steve as the whole tour was a great experience for him.

Steve has a great sense of humor and that can be seen with his lowlight which is “not being selected for the BLACKCAPS. Steve also plays Goalball and is involved in Parafed Waikato.

B2 – Brett Wilson

  Name Brett Wilson
Age  
Hometown New Plymouth
Team  
Sight Category B2
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number  

B2 – Enele Fata

  Name Enele Fata
Age  
Hometown Samoa
Team  
Sight Category B2
Specialist Area Batsman
Shirt Number  

B2 - James Dunn

James Dunn Name James Dunn
Age 39
Hometown Paeroa
Team MSBSC
Sight Category B2
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number 77

James is the current NZ captain and has been since 2004. First selected in 1996, JD (as he’s known) played in the 1st OD World Cup in 1998 where he also scored his highest not out score of 149.

On the current BLIDNCAPS team, the captain says “the team has huge potential so let’s see how we go with our first T20WC”.

James is a duel international, currently playing Blind Lawn Bowls – the BlindJacks. He is also the current IBSA Singles Champion having represented NZ in 2 world Champs (Note – sight grading systems are slightly different in Blind Cricket grading).

B2 - Mike Marsh

Mike Marsh Name Mike marsh
Age 57
Hometown Napier
Team  
Sight Category B2
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number 5

Mike, known as Swampy in the team, was first selected for NZ in 2005 which is still one of his greatest cricketing highlights – being able to represent New Zealand. The downside of that for Swampy at the moment… not being a part of a team who has won an international game (yet!)

Swampy’s funniest moment – his first international wicket being against Sri Lanka where the player was caught by a B1! His shirt number comes from his rugby days where he was a number 5 but now the rugby boots have been long retired in place of the cricket bat.

Mike is a massage therapist by trade having completed a paper on Human Biology II last year and he is currently studying a Diploma in Fitness Science. He’s also completed the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with wife Lee and once wanted to be a professional boxer.

B2 - Thomas Patterson

Thomas Patterson Name Thomas Patterson
Age  
Hometown Morrinsville
Team WBSRC
Sight Category B2
Specialist Area  All Rounder
Shirt Number 16 

Thomas has many nick names that he is called, however the team has not really settled on one yet. He started playing cricket back in 1992 however stopped playing early 2000 after being hit in the face with the old cain ball. After joining back up after a break 2 years ago this will be his first time repersenting New Zealand.

B3 - Ben Fellows

Ben Fellows Name Ben Fellows
Age  
Hometown Hamilton
Team WBSRC
Sight Category B3
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number  

Ben's was first selected for New Zealand for the 1998 World Cup in India. He also played as a reserve in the winning match against Sri Lanka during that World Cup.

Ben has also travelling to Pakistan and Australia as a part of NZ representative squads and was a part of the Manukau South development group who travelled to Samoa to promote Blind Cricket.

Ben also enjoys travel outside of cricket and has travelled through Europe and Asia at various times.

B3 - Deacan Dunn

Deacan Dunn Name Deacan Dunn
Age 15
Hometown Papatoetoe
Team MSBSC
Sight Category B3
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number 22

Deac is the youngest player to be selected for the NZ side but Blind Cricket is in his blood having played for the past 4 seasons for the Manukau South side. He’s chosen 22 as his shirt number as it was his Poppa’s favorite number and those who are BLACKCAP’s followers will be aware it’s the captain – steady the ship’s – shirt number.

Deacan has a bit of pace behind his bowling which gives us his highlight and lowlight. The highlight, bowling 4 wickets in one game. The lowlight, whenever he bowls an extra and can’t get his focus back.

Deacan is a bit of a gamer when he’s not talking or training for cricket and also enjoys Blind Hockey now that he’s old enough to play. He’s also developed a bit of a reputation within the team for his huge appetite – for food in general – and has been challenged many a time to see just how much he can actually eat… needless to say the other players have been left speechless as to where it all goes!

B3 - Donna McCaskill

Donna McCaskill Name Donna McCaskill
Age 37
Hometown Manukau
Team MSBSC
Sight Category B3
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number 67

Donna has been playing Blind Cricket for over 20 years, having first represented NZ at the Tri-Nations series in Australia in 2000 against Australia and England, she also played at the 2006 World Cup in Pakistan.

Donna was first selected for the NZ side as a backup keeper, fortunately for her the keeper wasn’t able to play and Donna was bumped up to the playing side – this is where her playing number comes from – at her time of selection the NZ wicket keeper was Adam Parore with shirt number 67.

Her highlight? “Looking forward to getting to play international Blind Cricket with both my sons”. The lowlight, bowling an extremely expensive over at the 2006 World Cup against West Indies.

Donna will soon be taking on an additional international role, in Blind Lawn Bowls. She’ll be taking on the role of director for duel international James Dunn at the upcoming World Champs in South Africa.

B3 - Marquele McCaskill

Marquele McCaskill Name Marquele McCaskill
Age 18
Hometown Manukau
Team MSBSC
Sight Category B3
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number  15

Marquele was an up and coming player when he was initially selected for the NZ v Aus development tour in 2014 - where he scored 98 not out in one match.

He enjoys playing blind cricket because of the potential for international travel and the opportunity to represent New Zealand against the rest of the World. Marquele was given the nickname of "shark" by the development Australian side for his ability to appear anywhere in the field but he says his preference is to bowl

B3 - Ross Gilmore

Ross Gilmore Name Ross Gilmore
Age 36
Hometown Tauranga
Team WBSRC
Sight Category B3
Specialist Area All Rounder
Shirt Number 42

This will be Ross’s first selection into an NZ side having started playing blind Cricket originally for the Bay Of Plenty team before transferring to the Waikato side.

Ross has taken his shirt number from someone who he looks to as “New Zealand’s cricketing great, Brendon McCullum”. A highlight for Ross was his scoring 29 not out recently on a training tour to South Australia.

Ross has 2 children, Caitlyn (12) and Oliver (11) who will sometimes be seen at cricket matches with Ross making up numbers.

Something you may not know about Ross? He can’t Whistle!

Coach – Maia Lewis (MNZM)

maia Maia is retired sighted woman’s cricketer originally fro Christchurch. She has represented New Zealand as a Whitefern on and off from 1991 through 2005 where she was also the Whiteferns Captain at one point. She also played domestically for Canterbury, North Harbour and Wellington.

Maia is a Triple International having played for NZ in outdoor cricket, indoor cricket and hockey. She also coached the Samoan Women’s Cricekt team and the Auckland Hearts.

Maia also has a Queen’s Birthday Honours, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to cricket.

Manager – Jon Scott

jon

Jon previously worked at the Blind Foundation as a Recreation Advisor. In this role he planned, organised and delivered regular recreation activities both locally and nationally. This role not only worked with blind, low vision and deafblind clients but also meant Jon was working with Volunteers, families of members and other recreation staff.

As well as this, Jon has cricketing experience with certificates in Milo-Have-A-Go cricket, L1 Coaching a Cricket Team and New Zealand Cricket L1.

As well as cricket, Jon is interested in football, rugby, walking and jogging for fitness, current affairs, music, travel and his friends and family.

Umpire – Diana Venter

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