My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

No-ball or dead ball, that is the question …

So just wondering what you cricket fans out there think, following on from the debacle that was English bowler, Steven Finn, continually being allowed to run through the stumps at the bowler’s end of the pitch at the current T20 World Cup and not being punished for it.

Personally, I think the call should be “no-ball” as this places all the punishment on the bowler for not being able to run a straight line, and doesn’t punish the batting side for something they have no control over or responsibility for … but what do you think?

(Not sure how this is going to work – first time I’ve tried a poll in a blog post 🙂 )

Vote and add your comments if you feel like it 🙂

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Blog Challenge: Day 7

Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you

Pianist Extraordinaire!

No question here really – singer/songwriter Michael Whittaker Smith has been top of my music list for 22 years; he writes such encouraging and uplifting lyrics and music … I am in awe of his piano-playing skills … not to mention the fact that he is an awesome father and grandfather and husband; thank you Smitty for what you have shared with us in this lifetime 🙂

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Blog Challenge: Day 6

Day 06- Favorite super hero and why

Hmm, tough question … mainly cause I’m not really a “super hero” type of person …  

Does MacGyver count?!  😉  Heh heh!

No?  Okay then, if I have to choose a rubber-suited hero, my favourite super hero is Robin 😉  And not just because Chris O’Donnell acted the part in one or two films either 😉

I liked Robin back when the original TV series was screening – I think it was cause Batman was the main character and usually bossed Robin about, so I felt empathy for him … and he usually came up with the solution to problems too – ha ha – just to put Batman’s nose out of joint!  😉

Couldn’t resist posting this sorry 😉

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Super stuff that!

… said in my best Richie Benaud voice!  😉

The Twenty 20 World Cup is underway, currently being held in Sri Lanka, and the New Zealand Black Caps came up against the home side in their first match-up of the “Super Eight” stage of the Cup last night (NZ time).  And whoever said cricket is boring definitely needs to take a look at the replay of that match!

If there’s anything 20/20 cricket has brought to the whole sport, it’s fresh and fun action, bringing new (and old) fans back to the grounds and TV screens, and making people enthusiastic about the game all over again!

Of course, you’ll never be able to convince me not to laze on the embankment on a warm summer’s day at the Basin Reserve and soak up five days of enthralling test cricket action … but there’s something to be said from enjoying a game of action-packed, nerve-wracking cricket in just over 4 hours!

Photo courtesy of http://www.cricinfo.com

It starts with the New Zealand captain winning the toss of the coin and deciding to have a batting innings first, and continues with a solid first wicket partnership between Rob Nicol (who, I have to say, may have just silenced a few critics with his determined 58 runs which include 3 boundary fours, and 4 “wallops” as David Lloyd the commentator would say to describe a 6-hit!) and Martin Guptill, who’s 38 runs off 34 balls was the exact right platform for strokemakers such as Brendon “Birthday Boy” McCullum and Ross Taylor to come in and score quick-fire 25 and 23 runs respectively.

It has to be added here that the Sri Lankan bowlers did a very good job of restricting what could have been an extremely competitive score in excess of 180 runs for New Zealand, to keep them to 174 for the loss of 7 wickets; in part, much of this credit could go to their debutante 18 year old bowler, Akila Dananjaya (or to be totally accurate, Mahamarakkala Kurukulasooriya Patabendige Akila Dananjaya Perera!), who bowled his allocated 4 overs for 2 wickets taken and 32 runs given away – one of these wickets after a blow to the face from a firmly-struck Rob Nicol drive which saw him needing to take a few moments to recover himself … and get patched up!

Brendon McCullum makes sure Akila Dananjaya is okay after being hit in the face!

Photo courtesy of http://www.cricinfo.com

So New Zealand needed to defend 174 runs … and the experimentation of starting their bowling innings with the off-spin bowling of Nathan McCullum didn’t really go according to plan … as the Sri Lankan opening batsmen made hay while the sun shone (or by this time, the floodlights) and scored heartily- Mahela Jayawardene scoring 44 runs, and Tillakaratne Dilshan being the hero of the batting card with a top-score of 76 runs!

Enter Tim Southee for New Zealand and, to some extent James Franklin, who lead the fight back to restrict the Sri Lankans to exactly the same score as their own batsmen had scored!

Which, in this form of the game, is not where the game ends!

Because we need to have a winner of these games – for some reason, a draw doesn’t satisfy anyone anymore – we have what has become known as a “super over,” in which one bowler from each side bowls 6 deliveries to the opposition, who have to score as many runs as possible (using only 3 available batsmen) and at the end of those 6 deliveries, the opposition have to try and get more runs than they did!

By this stage, the West Indian and English cricket teams had arrived at the same ground, ready to begin their warm-ups and preparations for the second match of the day, and then it also didn’t help the game to be wound up any faster by the fact that the New Zealand batsmen had packed away their bats and pads, rightly believing that they wouldn’t need them in the dug-out again that night.  It all made for a rather confused, and lengthy delay, while rules were confirmed, and batsmen and bowlers were made ready, to try and win the match for each side.

Not much needs to be said about the super over, apart from the fact that both selected bowlers (Tim Southee for New Zealand and Lasith Malinga for Sri Lanka) between them bowled so well they didn’t concede any boundary runs by the opposition batsmen.  Two fantastic examples of “death” bowling right there, I have to say!

Sri Lanka ended up scoring 13 runs in their 6 deliveries, while the New Zealand batsmen could only manage 7, so the victory goes to the home side … although I hope New Zealand’s next opponents (in England and the West Indies) took note not to take the boys in black lightly in this stage of the tournament!

Definitely worth staying awake till 2.00 in the morning, NZ time, and makes me look forward to the next match on Saturday night!  As we say in the fan club … up the Black Caps!!!

… and pass me another coffee 😉

Photo courtesy of http://www.cricinfo.com

New Zealand v Sri Lanka score card:  http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/engine/current/match/533284.html

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Blog Challenge: Day 5

Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to

Second favourite place in the world!

Only spent a weekend in Dublin back in 2008, but just sitting in the green-ness of St Stephen’s Green was idyllic and perfect!  Love to go back one day too 🙂

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Blog Challenge: Day 4

Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have

I definitely wish I could stop biting my fingernails 😦

I was especially doing so well recently but just this week, found myself chewing anxiously at them again … I’ve tried all the remedies to stop, also, but nothing seems to help.

Anyone else have any suggestions?  Do you have any habits you wish you didn’t have either?

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Blog Challenge: Day Three

Day 03- A picture of you and your friends 

Okay, this is quite an “old” photograph but for some reason I just love it!

I think we had gathered for my birthday and were going bowling, if I recall correctly; and probably one of the only times in my life I’ve ever been able to have my hair “up” too!  😉

I don’t actually have many photos of my friends and I 😦  I think I need to remedy this 😉

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Blog Challenge: Day Two

Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name

It’s not the best title for a blog, I know that myself, but having started with calling my page “My Corner of the World,” (being that I was just writing thoughts from where I was sitting and my view upon the world around me); so upon refreshing my blog layout recently, I decided I needed a newish name also and came up with “My Corner of the Oval” as I wanted to bring my cricket theme into it somehow.

And yes, I am fully aware that ovals don’t have corners too 😉

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Blog challenge: Day One

So I found a 30 day blog challenge the other day (http://pebblesy.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/30-days-of-me-challenge/ ) and so thought I would see how far into the 30 days I could actually blog …

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

Late birthday celebration – high tea with a friend!

1.  I have an unexplainable love of orange tigers.

2. I own every book John Grisham has ever written!

3. I grew up in the same suburb I’m currently living in now.

4. When I started school at 5 years old, my pinafore uniform had to be specially   made for me cause I was so short.

5. I only wagged school once … and it was only cause the whole class was skipping a lesson on one of the last afternoons for the school year!

6. I almost drowned when I was two … thankfully my brother, who was 4 at the time, had the presence of mind to pull me out of my uncle’s fish pond!

7. My favourite colour used to be blue … until about two years ago, when for some reason, dark red is now my favourite.

8. I have never played a game of cricket in my life … well, except for the backyard games you play with your family!

9. I have lived in New Zealand all my life, and I have only visited three cities in the South Island.

10.  I got my first cellphone when I was 20.

11.  My favourite cricketer of all time is Stephen Fleming.

12.  I still have the photo of himself in my cricket autograph book Stephen Fleming “amended” because he didn’t like how he looked in it, on the day I went to see a few of the players at a signing session in town!

13.  My favourite car is a Mini Cooper … one day I will own one! 😉

14.  I love the city of Dublin, even though I’ve only spent one weekend there!

15.  My favourite place in the world is the terraces at the Basin Reserve, Wellington 😉

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The Fellowship of the … er, Cup?

Had to have a bit of a giggle at this photo from yesterday’s New Zealand v Bangladesh group match at the T20 World Cup:

Land of the Giants?

It’s a bit mean Martin Guptill high-fiving over the top of Nathan McCullum’s head also, don’t you think? 😉 He he!

Kind of reminds me of the day I was walking along the street with my brother and another friend and they were having a conversation over the top of my head …

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