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Beyond the Bay Oval Lights - Daniel Flynn
In this edition of the Beyond the Bay Oval Lights, we chat with recently retired former Black Cap and ND legend Daniel Flynn, who has made the Bay Oval his second home, since a wilderness was transformed into the country's newest international cricket venue.
Known to most in cricket circles as Flynny, the Bay of Plenty born player, set a myriad of records in his sixteen years plying his trade as a professional cricket player.
There is no higher honour in New Zealand cricket than playing the five days of test match cricket, with Daniel achieving the feat on 24 occasions. In addition he played a further 20 ODI's and 5 International T20 encounters in the New Zealand uniform.
Flynny earned legendary status in the ranks of Northern Districts Cricket, in producing mind-blowing statistics, in his sixteen years wearing the ND uniform. A century of first class matches, saw 6265 runs flow from the bat of the top order batsmen, which included a remarkable 20 centuries and a highest score of 241.
Add in, 88 one-day matches and a further 104 T20 outings, to an equation that saw Daniel smack an amazing 10,000 plus runs in his ND career.
What brought about your recent retirement after what may seem like a lifetime playing the game?
I found I no longer had the hunger I required to maintain my own personal standards. To me that was a pretty clear indication it was time to move on.
Do you have any regrets about calling time on your professional playing days?
No regrets yet. I’ll miss the dressing room and the celebrations after a hard fought win, but I haven’t found myself missing pre-season training, that’s for sure.
Tell us about a few of your highlights during your long career?
I was pretty fortunate to have a long career with plenty of enjoyable experiences. Winning trophies is always a highlight and I was lucky to be a part of some good sides at ND that managed to win a bit of silverware. Representing your country is an obvious highlight, along with all the experiences that came with it. Some of my fondest memories are from playing club cricket in the UK as a young fella and getting out and seeing the big wide world.
Is there one special moment or achievement that stands out above all others?
Pretty hard to go past a test debut at Lords. Walking down the stairs and through the long room is an experience I’ll never forget.
What is your favourite ground around the globe?
Hard to go past Lords. All of the grounds in the UK have such rich history which I value. In New Zealand, Seddon Park has been good to me with plenty of runs. The Bay Oval as well, it’s amazing to see how the ground has developed into arguably one of the country’s premier venues.
Give us your insight into the Bay Oval as you have seen and played on it from the very beginning?
The facilities are world class and Jared is doing a fantastic job with the wicket, which keeps improving every season. There have been high scoring white-ball games and then the test v England last summer got a result in the last session, which is all you can ask for.
How does the wicket and playing surface measure up with other international cricket venues around the world?
I think the scores in white ball cricket speak for themselves. In the longer form, I think it’s starting to generate its own characteristics and will hopefully bring spin into the game more so than we are accustomed to seeing here in New Zealand.
How does the pavilion line-up with some of the more traditional facilities around the world.
It’s obviously pretty modern and easy on the eye. The changing rooms are nice and big with excellent viewing areas and the lunches are bloody good as well.
What are your thoughts on the on the innovative marquee that Jared and the Bay Oval team have installed over the grass nets.
It’s good to see NZC finally make the move. It just makes sense with the climate and the large number of NZC contracted players located in close proximity. I’m sure there will be a bit of trial and error with the wickets, but guys being able to get on grass 12 months of the year, can only benefit their games.
Your are likely to be heavily involved in the Bay Oval with your appointment as the Bay of Plenty senior representative team - what does the appointment mean to you?
I’m looking forward to getting involved with the guys. I played a couple of games with them last season and found it an exciting group with plenty of talent. It’s a great chance for me to stay involved with the game and hopefully have a positive impact on the players.
What are your cricket coaching aspirations at present?
My priority is to do the best I can with the Bay side and the individuals involved in that group. I don’t have any aspirations as such but this a great opportunity to see if coaching is for me.