My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

Reasons to be proud …

on January 8, 2015

So many reasons to be proud to have been at the Basin Reserve in Wellington this week, as the New Zealand Black Caps took on Sri Lanka in the second of two test matches.

Firstly, and probably most importantly, proud that the Black Caps again showed that losing the coin toss doesn’t mean much in test cricket these days, as they skilfully beat the Sri Lankans by 193 runs.

Scoreboard from NZ v Sri Lanka test match, 3-7 January 2015, Basin Reserve, Wellington

Another reason to be proud was the fantastic batsmanship on display.  Firstly from one of the best batsmen in the world, Kumar Sangakkara as he expertly guided his team’s first innings to one that lead New Zealand at “half time.”

And then from Kane Williamson and BJ Watling as they brought their team back from a precarious position to one of ultimately, a winning position!

Kane Williamson and BJ Watling put on 350 runs for the 6th wicket (photo courtesy of Cricinfo)

Kane Williamson and BJ Watling put on 350 runs for the 6th wicket (photo courtesy of Cricinfo)

I was also proud of the way both teams behaved towards each other.

There was none of this ugly “sledging” which seems to blight many international cricketing fixtures these days, as both teams just went about their “jobs” skilfully and tactically, without needing to belittle or disrespect the skills of their opponents.

I was also proud of the fact that the fans who went along to view all five days of the test match treated both sides, not just the home side as you’d expect, with respect and appreciation.  I can’t remember how many times Kumar Sangakkara was applauded from the Terraces and the embankment on day two as he accumulated his double century.  Likewise, when it came Kane Williamson’s turn on day four, he received his share of applause and ovations from all fans – fans who seemed to appreciate the skills on show, as well as the fact they were witnessing history and a winning match!

So thank you, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and fans alike, for your parts in making this week’s test cricket at the Basin Reserve one to be remembered not only with pride at the results, but also at the way the results were obtained!


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