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A panorama view of the the Clifton Cricket Club in Napier

Napier shows us World Cup joy

Outside the tournament venues, New Zealand is welcoming fans to enjoy its beauty and its cricket, nowhere more heart-warmingly than at Clifton Cricket Club

Vinay Kumar and James Faulkner exchange words

Spare a thought for Vinay Kumar

Having suffered against belligerent batsmen at the club level, the writer empathises with a bowler who conceded 102 runs in nine overs

A batsman in a village cricket match

The five stages of grieving

A village cricketer begins his quest when his youthful heart is first sent soaring by a hero, and is thereafter tantalised by the possibilities of batsmanship