Looking to make best of season Mostert’s record memorable

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Frankly speaking, it would be nonsense to expect the king of North Otago cricket to repeat his heroics of last summer. But there is no doubt Francois Mostert — popularly known as ‘‘Frank’’ — will do everything he can to make this season as memorable as the last. Mostert (24) was in inspired form in 2015­16, taking a record 56 wickets to inspire North Otago to Hawke Cup victory, though he does not want to make any bold predictions about the new season. ‘‘I think, from a cricketer’s point of view, it can be tough coming back from a successful season,’’ he said. ‘‘Realistically, asa team, we’ve proven to ourselves we can do it, so it’s motivation for the next season to try to do it again.  ‘‘But we’ve lost a couple of players, so it’s going to be hard graft.’’  Top­ order batsmen Stephan Grobler and Ben Cant have both left Oamaru, and young star Nathan Smith may not be sighted much as he is starting to become a regular in the Volts squad. That could mean Mostert being asked to take even more responsibility on his shoulders, but he does not like to single himself out, and feels every player in the North Otago squad could have a role to play. ‘‘It’sa team game. There are 11 ina team.
? Realistically, as a team, we’ve proven to ourselves we can do it, so it’s motivation for the next season to try to do it again ? — Francois Mostert
‘‘When you see other people being successful, it’s helpful. You can only focus on your own game.’’ Mostert is training with the Otago A squad and remains quietly hopeful of getting an opportunity with the Volts at some stage. ‘‘It would be nice. It’s every cricketer’s dream to play at first­class level. ‘‘But I’m not too worried. I just want to enjoy my cricket, and go wherever it takes me.’’ After leaving Oamaru at the end of last summer, Mostert hada couple of weeks in his native South Africa, before heading to Wales to play for the Bangor club. He bowled well — claiming 63 wickets, despite missing two weeks with a side strain and minor back spasm— and helped Bangor finish third in a 14­team competition,a nice improvement from nearly getting relegated the previous summer. Mostert, preparing for his fourth summer asa player­coach in Oamaru, is talking to New Zealand Cricket with a view to becoming eligible in the 2017­18 season, meaning he can play asa local. He has stepped into countryman Grobler’s role as player­coach at Waitaki Boys’ High School. and also looks after various representative teams.