Cricket……………

 

I spent 2 great days in Napier, blessed with clear blues skies and warm sunshine; one of those days was spent  watching England play NZ in a one day cricket international match at the McLean Park stadium………….it was a fantastic day, I had managed to buy a ticket online when I was in Russell, which I collected at the stadium; McLean Park is a great venue for watching cricket and I was allocated a really good seat, even if  I was surrounded by kiwis, who soon figured me out, which naturally became the catalyst for some wonderful (and good natured) banter…………..

It was a  an exciting game to watch; England won the toss and invited the Kiwis to bat, James Anderson and Steve Finn bowled a brilliant opening spell, and really strangled the opening batsmen, which probably was the deciding factor in the match………Ross Taylor played very well for 100 and held the innings together for the hosts, and then Brendon McCullum bludgeoned 74 from 36 delivery’s in the most belligerent and entertaining fashion, which really set the partisan crowd alight (I labelled him Brutal Brendon, which drew nods of approval from my Kiwi neighbors – I know how to win friends)……….it was the kind of batting display that draws people to come and watch one day cricket, brilliant stuff; the Kiwi total of 269 never looked like enough, on a good wicket, and with the short boundaries at McLean Park, and England chased the total in really good style, a good solid start from Cook and Bell, followed by a sound knock from Jonathan Trott and a great innings of 78 from the emerging talent of 22 year old Joe Root; what a fine young player he looks, great repertoire of shots, full of self belief and he times the ball superbly…………..lots more to come from him, I hope.

Above and below………the lovely stadium that is McLean Park Napier……………….

Jimmy Anderson, who bowled superbly for England………………….

 

I Managed to get this shot of “Brutal Brendon” smashing a delivery from Chris Woakes over the long on boundary for 6; look at the bat speed, I had my camera’s shutter speed set to 1/320th of a second and it still did not freeze frame his bat…………..

The sound technique of Ian Bell……………….

And the classic left-handed elegance of Alistair Cook…………………..

2 thoughts on “Cricket……………

  1. Hi we have just got the oval round the corner! You seem to get more starry eyed by the day! Don’t forget England is waiting your return! Hope the trip just gets more enjoyable( Australia next!) lots of love x

  2. Thanks Liz…………I’m now on the south island and will post another “postcard” soon…. XX