Dual international Suzie Bates is an athlete of rare quality but what makes her special is her temperament, Otago Sparks coach Clare Taylor says.
Timing is crucial for a batsman. But it is not always about how quickly the ball flashes from the bat.
Otago is almost back to full strength, with four New Zealand A players returning for its four-day match against Wellington in the capital, beginning tomorrow.
Otago's cricketers are still on tenterhooks waiting for their expected invite to the $12 million Champions League in India later this year, and it must feel a bit like waiting for Prince Charming to ask you to the ball.
It takes an equal amount of patience and passion to build a successful school basketball programme - and maybe the odd poached rugby player.
Otago bowed out of the State Championship with a limp display against Auckland at the Queenstown Events Centre yesterday.
University-Grange beat Kaikorai by 62 runs on Saturday to win the declaration competition and stay in the hunt for the Bing Harris trophy.
Otago opener Leighton Morgan has had to wait all summer to don the whites but cashed in on a rare opportunity yesterday with a tidy half century.
Otago and White Ferns all-rounder Sarah Tsukigawa is determined to stay grounded after her side's superb start to the Women's World Cup.
He is in a bit of a spin about it, but Nick Beard is poised to make his first class debut for Otago.
Otago faces a stern test of its depth with key personnel unavailable for its four-day State Championship match against Auckland beginning in Queenstown tomorrow.
Three Otago players have been included in the New Zealand A one-day side to play England A in two one-day matches later this month
The bowlers dominated Dunedin senior club cricket, claiming three five-wicket bags and a hat trick. North East Valley's opening duo of Simon Badger and Jamie Murley took five wickets apiece to help their side beat Carisbrook-Dunedin by 43 runs.
Otago's four-day State Championship match with Wellington is evenly poised, with both sides eyeing up victory when the game concludes at the University Oval today.
He might have scared the Steve Waugh-led Australian team out of enforcing follow-ons but yesterday VVS Laxman would not have frightened a mouse.
Former Otago batsman Jonathan Trott is back in New Zealand and would love to return for another season with the Volts.
Wellington has had the better of the first morning in its four-day match with Otago at the University Oval.