Mostert keen to return


The reign of King Frank is not over yet _ hopefully.
Francois Mostert, arguably the greatest import in the history of North Otago sport, has indicated he hopes to spend plenty more time causing havoc on Oamaru pitches.
Mostert flew home to South Africa at the weekend for a well-earned break before resuming cricket duties with the Bangor club in Wales.
The brilliant fast bowler completed his third season in Oamaru with an eye-popping haul of 56 representative wickets, obliterating his own North Otago record of 29 and powering the province to Hawke Cup glory.
Clearly, North Otago fans would be keen to see Mostert in the maroon cap for many years to come _ although some feel he is so good he must eventually land a bigger contract somewhere _ and the man himself offered a promising sign of his intentions before he left town.
“I’d love to come back. I hope I can,” he told the Oamaru Mail.
“We have individual meetings with North Otago cricket, and it’s up to them if they want us back.”Mostert can be a fiery character on the field but he is humble about his own achievements.
His incredible wicket haul equalled the New Zealand first-class record held by Stephen Boock, but he played down the momentous achievement.
“I think I was quite lucky, to be fair. The captain just chucked me the ball and told me to bowl.”Unsurprisingly, Mostert listed the Hawke Cup victory in Westport as his highlight of the summer.
He carved Buller up with seven for 22 in the first innings and six for 31 in the second as North Otago claimed the symbol of district cricket supremacy for just the second time.
“It took a couple of weeks before it sunk in. You don’t really realise how big a deal it is until you came back to town and see what it means to the community.
“We had a great team this year, very young. The team environment was great and we owe people like Hamish McMurdo and Stephan Grobler a lot.”He relished playing alongside, and mentoring, boom North Otago teenager Nathan Smith in a lethal new ball combination.
“Nathan’s a very talented young boy. Whatever he gets, he deserves.
“He’s got so many skills, and he gives 100% no matter what.”Mostert had a sniff of higher honours this season when he got one game for Otago A. He said he would like to play for the Volts if he was given the opportunity but otherwise was happy playing at Hawke Cup level.
“Home” is Pretoria, where he will spend three weeks catching up with his parents and older brother.
“It’s been hard playing so much cricket over the last few years because I haven’t had much time to see them.
“I can’t wait to get back. I don’t want to think about cricket _ I just want to pick up my golf clubs and relax.”Mostert was disappointed to miss the Borton Cup final with his Valley club but said it was impossible to get his flights changed at such short notice.

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