My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

It’s the small things that count …

on January 12, 2013

I don’t know why, but for some reason I was really looking forward to the Hell Wellington Firebirds HRV Cup match against the Otago Volts side at the Hawkins Basin Reserve this week!

Maybe it had something to do with it being the first home game of the new year … or the fact that the Otago Volts have always been a favourite team of mine … or the fact that it was a stunningly fine day in the capital city and I was allowed to leave work early to get to the game in time, along with a really fantastic, and “huge” crowd that crammed onto the embankment to enjoy the cricket …

Wellington puts on a stunner for the Volts!

Wellington puts on a stunner for the Volts!

By the time I got to the crowd and purchased my flat white coffee from the vendor, I was fortunate to be able to find a seat in my favoured spot near the “Third Man” boundary … if a right-hand batsman is on strike, that is 😉

Which brings me to the “small things that count and the small things that make the difference” point …

It’s the small things like having a straight-on view as Scott Kuggeleijn sprints in from the boundary to pick up a ball hit by Derek de Boarder and fire it at the stumps to run Nathan McCullum out …

It’s the small things like being able to see Jesse Ryder bowling to said Derek de Boarder and his bowling being so ferocious (note sarcasm!) that the bat handle splinters on Derek’s bat and the blade flies in the air to the “point” region!

You can just spy the demolished bat on the ground behind the front row seats ...

You can just spy the demolished bat on the ground behind the front row seats …

It’s the small things like being able to keep an eye on the comings and goings in the players’ areas, as well as the game itself …

Nathan McCullum and myself

Nathan McCullum and myself

especially when important Black Caps’ players like Nathan McCullum get stretching exercises performed on his back by the physiotherapist during the batting innings, and worrying that something is wrong, on the eve of his departure for the One-Day series in South Africa the next day!

(You’ll be pleased to know that I had the opportunity to speak to Nathan after the game, and say hi and good luck, and make sure everything was okay … it is!)

It’s the small things like being able to say hi again to Kirsty from Cricket Wellington as she walked past on her way to the Association’s offices … even though it took me a second to recall her name!  (He he – sorry Kirsty, I appreciate you, really I do 😉 )

It’s the small things like Luke Woodcock doing subtle advertising for Buzz Bats as he is sitting with the rest of the team, waiting in case he is required to bat for the home side …

Luke Woodcock advertising for Buzz Bats!

Luke Woodcock advertising for Buzz Bats!

It’s the small things like Grant Elliot remembering who I was when I called across after the game, as he was collecting up his batting equipment from the team marquee, and wishing him good luck for his call-up to international duties in South Africa – he gave me a wave in return and said “Thanks Jess!”

It’s the small things like waiting to have a chat to Jimmy Neesham during the autograph session after the game (and a photo!) and wishing him a good flight and success for the One-Day series in South Africa.  I hope you got to see Skyfall as hoped on the plane, Jimmy!

Thanks for chatting, Jimmy Neesham!

Thanks for chatting, Jimmy Neesham!

It’s the small things like, even though the Firebirds lost the game by 12 runs, feeling like you’ve witnessed a fabulous game of 20/20 cricket and appreciating the impressive skills that were illustrated by both teams, and unfortunately in this case, proved superior by the Volts, particularly in the bowling department as they restricted the Wellington batsmen superbly!

HRV Cup scoreboard – Wellington Firebirds v Otago Volts, Friday 11 January 2013

Thanks for doing the small things to make cricket fun to follow, players, administrators and fans alike!

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