Last month the bowling and batting attacks stepped up a notch for cricket all-rounder Ramesh Lakmal as he competed against some of Auckland’s best players.
He was selected to play for an international XI against the Auckland President’s XI – a team made up of premier players, including members of the Auckland Aces.
Ramesh says the idea of forming a one-off international 11, with borders closed, was to showcase the diverse cultures that play cricket in Auckland.
The game took place on March 21 in Kumeu.
Despite having no opportunity to train together prior to the event, the Overseas XI won the game by six wickets, with Ramesh taking two wickets for 10 runs in his two overs.
Ramesh has played for Hibiscus Coast Cricket Club since 2016, when he moved to Whangaparāoa from Sri Lanka. He is a leading member of the club’s premier team and a true all-rounder – being the club’s highest wicket taker and scoring three centuries this season. Increasingly, he also has a coaching role, working with the club’s junior and senior teams as well as a number of schools.
He is excited about the club’s strong start in its first season in Premier division, playing limited over matches. Beating top of the table Birkenhead in the final game of the season placed Hibiscus Coast 6th equal out of eight teams.
Next season, Hibiscus Coast Cricket will take part in all forms of the game in Premier division.