Northern Superchargers Rely on Experience in the 100 Campaign

The Northern Superchargers are looking to prove the value of experienced goals in The Hundred, with veteran all-rounder David Wiese saying “old is gold.”

Since finishing fifth in the men’s table last year, there has been a strong focus on recruiting experienced campaigners for the Headingley side, whose competition begins with a trip across the Pennines to face the Manchester Originals on Friday.

Faf du Plessis, who re-signed as team captain after a concussion wrecked him 2021, is one of two 38-year-olds on the team along with Dwayne Bravo as well as Wahab Riaz, Roelof van der Merwe and Wiese, all 37 years.

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Veteran David Wiese Helps Engage Next Generation (Hatch PR/Handout)

With three 34-year-olds also on the XI’s first-pick roster — Adil Rashid, John Simpson and Adam Leath — the Superchargers are shaping up as the 100’s oldest statesmen, which Wiese thinks could work in their favor.

“For the past couple of years, there has been a saying in franchised cricket that old age is gold and we hope we can prove it to be true,” a spokesman for the Namibian national team told PA News Agency.

“There is no replacement for the players who were there and made it. It seems that the more experience guys have, the more it shows up and shows up in moments of vital pressure. You always need the abundance of youth, but it’s about mixing it with experience.”

Wiese performed at a social event at Leeds’ Roundhay Park, joining Du Plessis and English bowler Matthew Potts as they bowled, bowled and paraded on the pitch with local children before serving ice cream to those in attendance.

Potts has been one of the main attractions, having seen its stock soar, making waves with the England Test team earlier this summer.

There has been a saying in franchise cricket for the last couple of years that old age is gold, hopefully we can prove that to be true.David Wiese.

As a result of their success, the Durham Sunsetter would only be available for the first two matches before returning to the national team ahead of their series against South Africa. And while his time is short, he hopes to make an impact.

“I might only make a couple of games, but I’m going to make the most of it while I can,” he told PA.

“Maybe there is a little more hype around me, which can only be good, but I always approach every game the same way.

“It was great to see the kids playing cricket in the park and we saw a lot of smiles on their faces which can only be good for the mass game. We want to inspire the next generation and that’s where it all starts.”

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Matthew Potts to return to England after two Superchargers appearances (Mike Egerton/PA)

Du Plessis found himself in a difficult situation due to the change in status of Potts and the injury of Brydon Kars, which deprived him of two strike bowlers. Add to this that Ben Stokes stepped aside to focus on his Test captaincy and you can see there are significant gaps that need to be filled.

“We had a hard time with a few boys from England. We don’t see Potts, we don’t see Kars, we don’t see Stokes. It would be nice if they were around for a while longer,” he said.

“But you get used to these changes. As captain, once you’re in the middle, your cricket brain takes over and you enjoy the pressure side, the tactical side of things.”