First-person reports from the stands
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?
We all supported New Zealand. At least once I had educated some of my less cricket-wise friends into which ones New Zealand were.
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.
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.
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.
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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