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Horne proud of New Zealand’s efforts

New Zealand coach Matt Horne believes his side can be proud of their efforts at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

Horne proud of New Zealand’s efforts - Cricket News
New Zealand coach Matt Horne believes his side can be proud of their efforts at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
 
 
The Kiwis were the surprise packet of the tournament, defying their seventh seeding with an exciting run to the semi-finals.
 
They scored 18 runs off the final over to defeat West Indies in a thrilling quarter-final run-chase but were knocked out of the tournament on Thursday after being defeated by India by nine runs.
 
When asked if he viewed the tournament as successful, Horne said: "I do. I'd like to be competing in the final. I know we've got a core group of very disappointed players. (But) I think really what the guys make of it will be the key. They've been exposed to variables they haven't had before.
 
"(What) we can take from the tournament is that we probably come across as a team that can fight regardless of whatever is on offer. We just didn't quite get it execution-wise right (against India). That's disappointing but I'm sure when the guys reflect, they can take a lot of positives from the experience.
 
"(Having fight) … it is a very good trait to have. At times we might be still finding our way a little bit with skill execution and that sort of thing. You need that (fight), without doubt, whether it's as a group or within the individual.
 
"You'll find that guys that have it (fight), sort of deep seated within themselves, will be the guys that go through and are successful in international cricket."
 
One player who showed plenty of heart in both the quarter-final and semi-final was batsman Cam Fletcher.

He set the platform for New Zealand's amazing win over the West Indies, scoring a dogged 49, and he repeated the dose against India with 53 in the run-chase.

Despite Fletcher's efforts, his side fell just short, but he echoed his coach's thoughts about the tournament.
 
"As players, we have learnt so much (during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup)," Fletcher said.
 
"Our coaches have been outstanding. They have taught us a lot, a lot about planning, the mental side and we have had a lot of preparation.
 
"We will look back on it and just take everything we can out of it and hopefully that progresses into our games in the future."
 
New Zealand play South Africa in Townsville for the third-place playoff on Saturday.

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