February 6, 2015
Here we have our next two all-stars in the line up for our welivecricket ICC World Cup Predictor!
Craig Cachopa (born 17 January 1992) is a professional cricketer who plays for Sussex in English county cricket, having previously played for Auckland and Wellington at New Zealand domestic level. He was born in Welkom, in what is now South Africa’s Free State province. His family emigrated to New Zealand in 2002, and he and two older brothers, Carl (born 1986) and Bradley Cachopa (born 1988), have all played first-class cricket in New Zealand. A right-handed batsman and occasional wicket-keeper, he captained the side at the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, hosted by New Zealand. He made his first-class debut for Wellington during the 2011–12 season of the Plunket Shield, but switched to Auckland the following season where he scored 203 runs, his highest first-class score and only double century. Cachopa signed a two-year contract with Sussex, beginning with the 2014 English season, qualifying as a domestic player via a Portuguese passport. He has announced his intention to qualify for England. His current whereabouts is Auckland where he has spent the off season playing back at his old club with both brothers and no doubt catching up with the family. It’d be worth keeping half an eye on the Sussex scorecards this coming season as his potential has yet to reach its peak! Chops away from cricket is actually a very intelligent boy, who has a lingering thirst that is often quenched by his favourite drop of Thatchers gold on a sunny afternoon when not much presents itself the next day.
World Cup Prediction: South Africa
Most Used Phrase: Ohh That’s soooo loose!
Richard Kenneth Oliver was born on November 14, 1989, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. A less passionate, less stubborn fellow might have given up on a career as a player. But not Richard Oliver. After spending eight years as a professional in club cricket – the summers in England, the winters in Australia – “bashing the door down” (as he put it) in the hope of attracting a county, he finally won a break with Worcestershire CC. An unusually aggressive left-hander, Oliver made a maiden first-class century as an opening batsman against Gloucestershire a few weeks later and ended the 2014 season as a first choice selection in all formats. Rodney as he is known by (because of his resemblance to Rodney Trotter) on the other side of the boundary rope is a hell of a character there is no question about it, from his golden shoes to his old Peugeot 208 with its dodgy alarm system (that went off when Jonathan Trott was on 99 in a Worc’s 2nd’s game). This all being said he has a heart of gold and you will find him this time of year playing cricket in Geelong, Melbourne his second home. Another talented cricketer on the up who deserves all his success and long may it continue.
World Cup Predictor: Australia (only because Saeed Ajmal isn’t going to the World Cup)
Favourite band: INXS