Law leader’s cup dreams

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For the players in this New Zealand team, making an appeal comes naturally.

The national lawyers’ cricket team, led by a Queenstowner, has just taken part in the Lawyers’ Cricket World Cup in Hamilton, ending on January 9.

AWS Legal’s Scott Donaldson, the sole Otago player, was instrumental in pulling the team together to compete at the biennial event for only the second time.

Donaldson, 37, who plays for Jack’s Point in Queenstown’s Twenty/20 cricket league, describes his team as a “collection of enthusiasts” mostly aged between 35 and 45.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their sole win in six games was over the West Indies.

There were 13 teams involved some countries fielding two teams with Australia coming out on top.

He says there was a big variation in players’ ability, with some “borderline professional” standard.

For example, the Indian team, which came third, consisted of players selected after a 19-team interstate competition.

It had a professional coach and all their expenses were paid.

But there are strict eligibility rules, such as having no more than five players younger than 35. If a player has first-class experience, they have to be older than 42.

Donaldson says captaining a bunch of lawyers is like leading any cricket team, although he concedes some stereotypes – such as being argumentative and pedantic about rules – do come into play occasionally.

“It’s a very litigious tournament.

“Our team was good, though – there was no insubordination.”

A batsman, he got some good starts in the 35-over format with scores of 23, 13, 29 and 33, without kicking on.

He’s already planning to take a team to the next World Cup, in Trinidad, next year.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz