NWR Cricket

I’m not sure I can feel the love to drive down the A38 tomorrow am? Oh well. A nice brunch and another bbq followed by more pyrotechnics will have to do!


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I have been surprised by the lack of interest in the cricket on here recently. Wasn't this test the first time big crowds were allowed at an event for months, and isn't it exciting to be playing one of the top two teams in the world? Or at least the B team from one of the top countries.
 
And yes Kevin 18,000 allowed in. The Eric Hollis stand have been in good voice. I decided against tickets when the uncertainty of COVID was more apparent. I took the plunge on Friday and bought two tickets for today for Gabi and I to sit in the sunshine and have a day out together, a rare event still. Watching England collapse last night was hard. If Root was still there I might have bothered, I’m not now going to drive in, park, queue etc etc for an hours play. Will they drag it out till 15.1 overs to avoid a full ticket refund?
 
And yes Kevin 18,000 allowed in. The Eric Hollis stand have been in good voice. I decided against tickets when the uncertainty of COVID was more apparent. I took the plunge on Friday and bought two tickets for today for Gabi and I to sit in the sunshine and have a day out together, a rare event still. Watching England collapse last night was hard. If Root was still there I might have bothered, I’m not now going to drive in, park, queue etc etc for an hours play. Will they drag it out till 15.1 overs to avoid a full ticket refund?
That will add some interest Ian. So if the game doesn't last for 15 overs today you get your money back? If the last England wicket falls inside the first couple of overs you would think it would be all over inside 15 overs.
 
Haven't the West Indies become an embarrassment? Quite sad really. I don't know that SA are all that flash, but WI are making them look good. De Kock can almost beat them by himself.

It just shows how dramatically things can turn. I know it certainly hasn't been an overnight collapse by the Windies, but still pretty dramatic.

The big three really do need some other nations to be competitive. I suppose it does help NZ's chances of getting more and better tours.
 
Having sat through England's turgid start to the Euros, I am once again thankful for test cricket. Today saw an enthralling day at the Hampshire Bowl. NZ's bowlers were outstanding, admittedly in favourable conditions. Kyle Jamieson continued his remarkable start to test cricket - five five-wicket bags in his first eight tests! As was pointed out on both TMS and the Sky coverage, not since the 19th century has a bowler started his career so well.

India's bowlers were similarly impressive in their discipline, maintaining a probing line and length until bad light intervened. It was a shame (for us NZ fans) to see Conway depart, but I'd have taken 101/2 at the start of the innings. Tomorrow will be crucial - and unmissable.
 
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