My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

NZ v India, second test, day five …

So, the last day of the last test of the 2013/14 international cricket season … and I have several highlights 😉

  • 3,300 cricket fans crowding into the Basin Reserve on the fifth day of a test match!

I mean, really, when would that have ever happened in the past … particularly when day five falls on a Tuesday and most of us were back at work for the week too?!

Of course it may have had something to do with another highlight of the day …

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First New Zealand batsman to score a test triple century!

First New Zealand batsman to score a test triple century! (Photo courtesy of http://www.cricinfo.com)

Brendon McCullum – 302 runs, 775 minutes, 559 deliveries, 32 boundary fours, 4 boundary sixes!

Seriously, could not have been MORE happy to see Brendon McCullum score his magnificent 302 runs, on my home cricket ground, and to see the immense ovation that greeted the moment was unforgettable!  I don’t think I’ve ever been in a sports crowd like that where everyone just seemed to want to keep applauding and cheering – it was also deeply satisfying to see and hear also, knowing what a tough time most of the cricketing public and media usually give to our Captain (goodness only knows why, when he’s such a fantastic person!)

And how could we forget another highlight of the last day’s play:

(Photo courtesy of www.cricinfo.com)

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

Jimmy Neesham – 137 runs, 220 minutes, 154 deliveries, 20 boundary fours.

A test century on debut is definitely something to celebrate and cherish forever, Jimmy!

And the best moment of all … realising at the end of the day that our New Zealand Black Caps had won a test series against the might of India 1-0!!!

What a way to end a spectacular summer of cricket!

Thanks for a fun, enjoyable and successful season, Black Caps!

Thanks for a fun, enjoyable and successful season, Black Caps!

Scoreboard: NZ v India, second test, Basin Reserve, Wellington

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NZ v India – second test, day five …

My highlights from day five will have to be extracted from the current jumble of emotions and excitement going around in my mind!  😉  

Such a spectacular day today – I don’t know where to begin!  

I will complete this blog series tomorrow, once I’ve come down from cloud nine a bit to where I can think 🙂 

 

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NZ v India, Second Test, Day 4 …

Video clip:  Much deserved applause for Brendon McCullum

To top off the fantastic sixth wicket partnership WORLD RECORD from Brendon McCullum and Bradley John Watling, the highlight of day four of the second test for me was seeing Brendon McCullum finally getting the applause he has deserved for a LONG time now!

Honestly, how can there STILL be people out there who doubt his leadership, his commitment, his talent, his honesty, his likeability, and his courage?!!

Scoreboard: NZ v India, second test, Basin Reserve, Wellington

(Thanks RI for the video clip!)

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NZ v India, second test, day three …

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Brendon McCullum – 114* runs off 237 deliveries, including 14 fours and 1 six … bringing up 5,000 test runs in the process!  Currently sitting at fourth place for test match runs scored for New Zealand batsmen!

Scoreboard: NZ v India, Basin Reserve, Wellington

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NZ v India, Second Test, Day Two …

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Trent Boult … Bowls 26 overs in a day and a half in the field; takes 3 wickets for 99 runs … and STILL has the energy and enthusiasm and brilliance to pull off yet another stunning outfield catch!!!

Scoreboard: NZ v India, second test, Basin Reserve, Wellington

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NZ v India, Second Test, Day One …

Today’s highlight?

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Getting to see not one, but three innings from Kane Williamson!  😉

Well, he was given out … twice … off a no-ball delivery – heh heh!

Oh, and another highlight was Mike Hesson walking past me with Kane Williamson as they returned from the nets and saying, “Hi Jess, how’s it going?” which made Kane smile at me and say hi too!  😀

Scoreboard: NZ v India, Basin Reserve, Wellington

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NZ v India, first test, day four …

1st test - day 4 - Wagner2Neil Wagner – First innings: 4 wickets for 64 runs; Second innings: 4 wickets for 62 runs – Love the way this man plays with such determination, passion and pride!

Scoreboard: NZ v India, first test, Eden Park, Auckland

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NZ v India, first test, day three …

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Neil Wagner – 4 wickets for 64 runs; 14 very aggressive runs off 21 deliveries to close out the innings!

Scoreboard: NZ v India, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

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NZ v India, first test, day two …

New Zealand v India - First Test: Day 2

Brendon McCullum – 224 off 307 balls, 29 fours, 5 sixes – the picture says it all really!

Scorecard: NZ v India, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

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NZ v India, first test, day one …

Brendon McCullum – 143* (not out) off 210 balls, 18 fours, 2 sixes, partnership of 221 runs with Kane Williamson (113, 10 fours, 2 sixes)
I think that about sums up day one of this test series! 🙂
Scorecard: NZ v India, Eden Park, Auckland

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