My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

My test cricket holiday … well, at least the drought is broken!

on March 17, 2013

The main high/low light of today was …

Hold on tight, lads!!!

Hold on tight, lads!!!

Yep, that was pretty much the story of day 4 of the test at the Basin Reserve today!

On one hand, it was a low light because Kane Williamson and Peter Fulton had been batting together so well last night before the end of the day’s play, that I wanted desperately for them to have the chance to put together an even bigger partnership the next day too!

But it was really a highlight because, the day after the North Island of New Zealand had been officially declared a drought zone, the drought was broken (albeit softly and drizzly!) by the rain that came to upset the cricket fans gathered at the Basin!

We got used to seeing this a lot 

Lonely security guards guard the covered pitch area

Lonely security guards guard the covered pitch area

Although, in saying that, the players did manage to get through the entire first session of the day … but sadly Peter Fulton didn’t achieve my wishes of another big partnership and was dismissed for 45.

That brought Mr Ross Taylor to the crease, sitting on a King Pair (which meant, given he was dismissed off the first ball he faced in the first innings, if he was dismissed off the first ball of the second innings also, he would be “honoured” with the King Pair description of his dismissal!)

Thankfully, he survived this and proceeded to stroke his way to 41 and put together a handy partnership with the ever-improving and stunning to watch Kane Williamson (55 not out) … before rain again had it’s say and play was abandoned for the day.

A shout-out must go to the “stayers” who sat and stood around the Basin Reserve, in various vantage points, patiently waiting for the drizzle to dissipate and the match to be able to commence again!  I think we all deserve a mallowpuff for that effort 😉

Hopefully tomorrow dawns bright and sunny … despite the forecast … and I can have one last chance this season to see my favourite Black Caps playing live, on the best cricket ground in the world!  😉

Although I think I have a cold now after all that standing around in the rain 😦


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