My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

NZ v India, second test, day five …

on February 19, 2014

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 …

18 Feb - test day 5m

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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