Cody Andrews has bided his time with various cricket teams. But now, the Tairāwhiti product is relishing his opportunity to foot it with some big names in his first season with the Auckland Aces.
As a teenager growing up in Gisborne, it was playing with his friends that can be attributed to the Ngāti Porou cricketer deciding to take up the sport.
“I honestly reckon it’s the social aspect around playing with your friends. You get to know some pretty good people.” Andrews says.
The Aces Fast Bowler spent time with the Northern Māori cricket team whose opposition have included the Cook Islands, The NZ Croatians, and Waikato University. Along the way, the 29-year-old has identified a former Ngāi Tahu bowler as one of his heroes
“Everyone aspires to be like Shane Bond. He once upon a time was the fastest bowler in the world.” Andrews says.
With participation in cricket amongst Māori being strong, it is the newly established format of Twenty20 that Andrews believes is the pathway to generate interest.
“(Twenty20) especially for younger cricketers, it’s something they won’t have to spend the whole day playing cricket. They can go out there and play for three hours and then be home and go to the beach.”
Andrews Aces are currently in preparation for this weekend’s Twenty20 doubleheader with his former team Northern Districts and Canterbury.
Source: Maori TV