Fan Following

First-person reports from the stands

New Zealand v England, third ODI, Auckland

Lingerie and double entendre

Eden Park got PG-rated on a Saturday afternoon

Marc Swain-Rogatski

Text size: A | A
Tim Southee celebrates after removing Alastair Cook, New Zealand v England, 3rd ODI, Auckland, February 23, 2013
Tim Southee: hero of the day © Associated Press
Enlarge
Related Links

Choice of game
I have been itching to see some international cricket live again, and since poor Christchurch hasn't had any for a long time, I travelled to Auckland instead, and was keen to see the small Eden Park boundaries for the first time.

Team supported
I cannot deny the silver fern on my heart, but I was looking forward to seeing Stuart Broad and James Anderson bowl live.

Key performers
The English pace attack of Anderson and Finn, with their constant good lines and pace left New Zealand nothing to play with.

One thing I'd have changed
The perfect weather had the scene set for a series-ending showdown. I wish the Kiwis had put up more of a fight. And if Ross Taylor wasn't suspectly given out, it also would have changed the complexion of the game.

Wow moment
Tim Southee got the biggest cheers of the day for returning an inflatable ball to the crowd that security had just confiscated.

Close encounter
Broad was on the boundary near us and was booed after coming down to field following Taylor's dismissal, but there were many English supporters to overpower this with their cheers.

Shot of the day
Brendon McCullum hit Graeme Swann back over his head for six to long-on. Poetry in motion.

Crowd meter
The stands weren't nearly as packed as I imagined they would be on a hot Saturday afternoon. The English presence was defiantly felt with red crosses decorating much of the stadium.

Fancy-dress index
Taking the cake on the freakish meter would be a guy wearing white lingerie, pink gloves and a pink bow on his head, just topping the pink bunny that was ejected from the stadium on the other side of the field.

Entertainment
"Waiting is the hardest part" played while we waited for Rossco's demise. It probably didn't fit the tense situation. Each 20-second song snippet in short breaks was gyrated to by a group of sombrero-wearing drunk Poms. These fine lads provided those round them with rather bawdy talk when the on-field action was getting rather slow.

Accessories
Snacks, sunnies, a black cap and a nifty battery-powered fan supplied for free just inside the gates.

Banner of the day
A spectator holding up a banner reading: "BJ OR ROOT?" I'm sure he was just meaning who's the better player, right?

Marks out of 10
3. Awesome weather, some good hitting from Baz, but overall an awful showing from the boys.

Want to do a Fan Following report? Read our FAQ here
Marc is a cricket enthusiast from Christchurch. In his spare time he enjoys playing music and travelling. Marc has a Bachelor of Arts in English, works at the University Bookshop, and always seems to find the time to have a tab open to Cricinfo at his desk.

Tell us what you think. Send us your feedback

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Email this page to a friend Email Feedback Feedback Print Print
More in Fan Following
  • Groovy tunes and a sunset at the SCG
    A sublime knock from Steven Smith, soaking in a sunset in the SCG members' pavilion and groovy music made the semi-final clash between Australia and India a memorable one
  • Wahab's roar, and mad Maxwell
    The Wahab v Watson subplot, a Geoffrey Edelsten lookalike and a clinical chase made for a great experience
  • Keeping a quarter-final streak alive
    Bringing a bugle out of hibernation and donning face-paint for a unique hat-trick of India's World Cup quarter-finals
  • A disappointing result, and a solemn farewell
    The quarter-final match between Sri Lanka and South Africa promised plenty of electric contests but turned out to be tepid. It was the last chance, however, to see two Sri Lankan greats in action for the last time in ODIs
  • Ageing like wine Sangakkara
    Kumar Sangakkara's record-breaking performances and spectators offering kotthamalli to players were just some of the fun moments from the Sri Lanka-Scotland match
RSS FeedAll
  • Groovy tunes and a sunset at the SCG
    Fan Following: A sublime knock from Steven Smith, soaking in a sunset in the SCG members' pavilion and groovy music made the semi-final clash between Australia and India a memorable one
  • Come now, Mr Faulkner
    The Long Handle: The Australian allrounder would have us believe sledging is inevitable. Is it?
  • Wahab's roar, and mad Maxwell
    Fan Following: The Wahab v Watson subplot, a Geoffrey Edelsten lookalike and a clinical chase made for a great experience
  • Keeping a quarter-final streak alive
    Fan Following: Bringing a bugle out of hibernation and donning face-paint for a unique hat-trick of India's World Cup quarter-finals
  • A disappointing result, and a solemn farewell
    Fan Following: The quarter-final match between Sri Lanka and South Africa promised plenty of electric contests but turned out to be tepid. It was the last chance, however, to see two Sri Lankan greats in action for the last time in ODIs
  • ESPN
  • ESPNF1
  • Scrum
  • Soccernet