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Lions roaring for cricket nationals

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The self-proclaimed 'lions in the grass' celebrating their Metro Premiership win.  Shane Young

Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club will represent Canterbury at the NZCT Club Cricket One Day Nationals in Auckland.

Burnside West clinched the Christchurch Metropolitan Premiership title in December in a tough battle against Old Boys Collegians. They then went on to defeat top sides from North and South Canterbury to qualify for the 2017/18 nationals.

It is the first time in over 20 years that Burnside's Premier Mens team have taken the Christchurch Metropolitan Premiership, let alone make it in the national competition line up.

Carl Huyser, who is in his first year of captaining the side, said it was "amazing" for his team to break the premiership drought.

"It's no secret that our strength has been our bowling but in saying that, we have a very aggressive batting lineup."

He said he was quietly confident heading into next week's tournament. 

"There is going to be quality opposition [in the competition] and conditions that some of us haven't played in yet," Huyser said. "But that's why we play - we play to go and see how good we really are and play against the best."

Coach Paul O'Brien said player commitment and a great balance" of youth and experience have been the team's secrets to success.

"[The team] are a funny bunch of guys and nothing is taken too seriously," he said. "The strength of the leadership in the guys that have been doing this for a long time is really paramount to us."

 "And we've got a really good bunch of volunteers who give a lot of time and effort to make the club excellent."

Club Chairman David Robertson said the team's accolades would allow the club to "build for the future" and be a draw card for young players entering the sport.

The team will travel to Auckland on Monday for the competition running April 10-15 at Cornwall Park.