Netherlands De Moura Correia shares his recent experience with the NZ team

Wed, Jul 14, 2010 12:50 PM

Netherlands' Women's team coach Ed de Moura Correia, took him outside of his normal duties to share his recent experiences with the New Zealand Women's team. Here is De Moura's diary of his time there.

Ed de Moura Correia

Since being involved with the Dutch national women's team I am now also regularly checking out the Cricinfo women's cricket web page. It was here that I found out Gary Stead to be head coach of the New Zealand women team (aka White Ferns). Gary coached Rood & Wit CC in the Netherlands in the late 80s and early 90s. So when I wrote to him and asked if I could spend some days with him and the team, he welcomed me coming to Kibworth Cricket Club (Leicestershire) where they would start their preparations for 5 ODIs against England. Itwas even more worthwhile know that the Ireland team would be there as well.

After 10 years we met in the lobby of a Brighton hotel at the beginning of July. The previous day New Zealand had just leveled the T20 series and we chatted for nearly two hours about the state of Dutch cricket and more particularly issues surrounding women's cricket. Gary was extremely open shared lots of his ideas (i.e. goals and processes to win T20 and ODIs, importance of fitness, selection criteria, etc.). I was invited to sit with the analyst and other support staff to watch the deciding T20.

Both teams really impressed me, they both have opening bowlers that could upset quite a few men, but what really impressed immensely was the level of fielding: flat throws from the boundary, girls diving/sliding to stop balls it was good.

During the game I could talk to the rest of the support staff and selector Bruce Blair (a former coach at Amsterdam CC). NZ won a closely contested game, but they had the upper hand once the power play was over and never let it slip. I was the named lucky mascot of the team.

Everyone traveled to Leicester on the Saturday evening. It was not just NZ and Ireland staying at the hotel but the England Academy and the full England team. In the gym I met Izzy Westbury, who played cricket in The Hague and who was now with England Academy, she said to me "I thought I recognised that orange outfit!"It's good to see here doing so well here.

It was also good to see Paul Delany and the six Irish girls that went to the ICC Europe Women's Academy in La Manga earlier that year. Paul informed me that Ireland had four new young emerging players and during that week they all got their first caps! Kim Garth (16) being the youngest Irish girl ever to be capped. That same night I had the chance to speak to Mark Lane and Paul Shaw. We talked about going from to good excellent , in particular what does it take and and how long.

On Sunday New Zealand played Ireland. I was invited to come on the bus and join in the pre match warm up activities. The White Fearns won this match comfortably. However, the Irish got a big compliment for their intensity. Shortly after the game I had to depart.

Looking back on three intense days my Key Learnings are: fielding and fitness are paramount (getting the right fielders in the right positions), spin bowling plays an important part in women's cricket, improvements take time (there is no quick fix) and the different communication techniques to speak to the team.

I would like thank all people that took time talking to me and sharing their thoughts and ideas, you all made it a great learning experience.

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