Northantscricket.com caught up with Rob Newton to find out how the attacking batsman’s winter in New Zealand is going.
Almost immediately after a long and tiring season for the team, youngster Rob Newton packed his kit and jumped on a plane to Auckland after being signed by Cornwall CC as their overseas professional for the 2012/12 season, and the 23-year-old has being enjoying the experience by all accounts.
“My winter so far has been excellent. I am really enjoying playing a good standard of cricket out here in New Zealand and I’m having a good time off the field as well.”
On the cricket front, ‘Newts’ has been getting better with the bat, and has scored a number of half centuries, as well as helping his New Zealand team mates to the T20 final, but he gave an honest assessment of his form over the season.
“To be honest, my results haven’t been as good as I would like. I have been getting a lot of starts but have only converted a few of those into decent scores. I have been getting more consistent as the season goes on, but I really would like to make a couple of 100's for the team and contribute to winning one of the competitions here before I leave.”
Rob then went on to explain that he is unsure as to how the experience will impact on his form in the English domestic season, but that he is enjoying playing cricket in different environment.
“It's always good fun spending a winter away, meeting new people and gaining further playing experience. It makes a huge difference mentally being half way around the world and not having to spend a winter cooped up in the Indoor School. To temper that, you can never be 100% sure of the benefits of staying and doing winter training or going and playing cricket the whole year around, so we'll have to see! Hopefully, it will help me hit the ground running come April.”
“At this stage of the season, we are now competing in the knockout stages of the different competitions, so the importance of each match is ramping upwards. Now the main aim is to win a trophy - that would really cap off an excellent winter for me!”
Whilst most have to endure a deep freeze back here in Northampton, the Academy graduate will follow a five month stay in Auckland with a two week preseason tour of Barbados with the Steelbacks. Winter? What winter! And Newts is looking forward to even more sun!
“Yes, I can’t wait for the tour, it really is a great opportunity for the County to get together, work hard and prepare for what we hope will be a much better year for the Steelbacks. It will also be good to see and meet up with the team and mates after a long time away, and get ready for the new season.”