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New Zealand v Pakistan, second Test, Wellington, first day

Party at Welly

And while cricket was not part of the entertainment, a butt-crack was

Trish Plunket

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Brendon McCullum walks back as Pakistan celebrate, New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Wellington, 1st day, January 15, 2011
Hullo? The show hasn't begun and the headliner is already leaving? Boo © Getty Images

Choice of game
Black Caps, at the Basin, the day after my birthday. What option did I have but to go along and have a birthday party on the bank - replete with silly hats, cake, streamers and a party dress?

Team supported
We all supported New Zealand. At least once I had educated some of my less cricket-wise friends into which ones New Zealand were.

Key performer
Ross Taylor earned his tag of million-dollar man by actually making it past 50.

One thing I'd have changed
Top-Order Collapse are GO! Again. And it was the pretty ones who got out. If I have Brendon McCullum as party entertainment, I want him to stay in longer than six balls. And Kane Williamson did not take me up on the offer of cake.

Wow moment
It says a lot about a day's play when you just can't pick one. Maybe "wow I didn't need to see that" as a man in a blue dress, showing four inches of butt crack, bent over to, erm, accommodate a hotdog stick in said crack.

Player watch
Maybe the Pakistanis were scared of us. They didn't come near us at all. But Cameron Merchant was the local drinks boy, and he sat there all day being smiley. Perks you right up, a smile like that.

Shot of the day
Ross Taylor's glorious four-not-4. Hit hard, and like golf ball in a sand trap, hits the ground juuuuust inside the rope and bounces absolutely nowhere. He and Guptill run four. The crowd was baffled but amused.

Crowd meter
The crowd was awesome! There was that guy in the butt-crack dress and all his similarly clad mates, and a guy who hid in a rubbish bin scaring people who wanted to dump their rubbish. How can you get that stupid on light beer? I mean really, that takes a special effort, that does.

I love this idea that you go to a game and get entertainment that's not the cricket. I think it should be implemented here as soon as possible!

Banner of the day
Tim Southee got a lot of banner-loving. I counted three saying just how hot he is. Girls in the capital seem to be lining up to snog him.

Our own chalkboard offered a "Will pay 4 runs in K.F.C" ploy to get a little on-field action happening.

Apart from the wind and my subsequent sunburn, it was a great party er, I mean day at the cricket. I blew out all my candles, but I'm not gonna say what I wished for.

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Trish Plunket is a descendant of the guy who named the Plunket Shield. This affords her no special privileges whatsoever. She lives, plays and works (when closely supervised) in Wellington, New Zealand. When not supporting cricket teams who specialise in top-order collapses she studies psychology and writing, referees rugby union, and tries to convince people to employ her.

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Posted by k on (January 17, 2011, 10:53 GMT)

good stuff trish. the kiwi crowds seem so much more fun than the people that turn up in england. we have two extremes the beered up football yobs or the tie wearing fun vacuums. would love to take in a game in new zealand one day.

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