My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

A greater appreciation

I haven’t blogged in AGES, but what better reason to start again than following a sensational victory by our New Zealand Black Caps over Pakistan at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, last night!

I mean, of course I’ve been able to watch all, well, mostly all, of the Black Cap’s home fixtures this summer, but there’s something so different about being there, at the ground, watching and absorbing every moment live and in person.
And not only did the Black Caps defy history by batting first at the Stadium, scoring the highest T20 score (196) at this ground, but the way they went about it was, for want of a better word, brilliant in it’s execution and completion!
From the clean striking of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson to once again set the innings going with momentum, to the intelligence of Corey Anderson to “steady the ship” as the saying goes and build his own magnificent innings of 82 runs to achieve such a huge team score, to the (sorry to use the word again!) intelligent and thinking captaincy of Kane Williamson to move his bowlers and fielders throughout the Pakistan innings, let alone throughout each over; to the brilliance in the field as the New Zealanders proved yet again that catches do indeed win matches … and what catches they were – was anyone else’s heart in their mouth as the ball seemed to take forever to land safely in Mitch McClenaghan’s hands as he took an amazing over-the-shoulder , running catch at mid-on, or did anyone else’s jaw drop as Trent Boult seemingly plucked the ball from grass-height to take another catch in the outfield, and these guys are fast bowlers! They’re not supposed to do this, are they?!

Yes, they are, and being able to see these athletes doing what they do in person at the ground makes this fan even MORE appreciative and thankful that our New Zealand Black Caps are continuing to play well, improve each day, and most of all enjoy what they can share with us!
Photo courtesy of Black Caps Instagram