Field Theory by Hadyn Green

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Field Theory: My first cricket match

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  • Kyle Matthews,

    I've been despairing recently about no one really stepping up and demanding to be selected, particularly openers. And now in the matter of a month we've had both McIntosh and Guptill show off their stuff.

    It's early days, but it's looking hopeful for NZ's top order in the next few years, which has been a very long problem, Mark Richardson aside.

    I'm starting to form the opinion that they should drop McCullum down the order to bat the last 10 overs for a wee while, and keep Guptill to open with Ryder. McCullum's batting form hasn't quite been there and it seems silly to move a guy who made a century opening on debut.

    I also like the mix of one person to play through the innings and one smasher, rather than two smashers. Astle was very successful in that playing through role so many times.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6205 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    @Kyle, I agree with your suggestions and particularly the point about pairing - I too like McCullum but he needs the right support if he's going to be the main run-getter and perhaps he would be better lower down the order as he used to play.

    I really hope NZ's competitive in the ODI series here. I'm keen to go to the game at the SCG, I've been to the last few and we've always done well, even if we've not won. The Aussie and RSA sides are bloody good, we'll need to perform at our best to win.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2233 posts Report Reply

  • Blake Monkley,

    On a related point, it's been very interesting to see the Australian cricketing public really get behind the RSA side.

    I think part of that has to do with Warne and Smith playing in the same 20/20 side in India. I remember when Warne side won the Indian tournament , he had a new-found respect for Smith, which was reported in the Australian newspapers

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    Did anyone see Duminy's scoop six in last night's 20/20? He is going to score a LOT Of runs in all forms.

    And - can anyone explain to me again how embed youtube videos?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Mike Graham,

    While not wanting to take anything away from Guptill, the other debutant (N. Broome) made a valuable contribution. He came in during over 45 so had to start making runs immediately, and did so in a really composed way, finishing with the best strike rate (24 off 17 balls) of the NZ team.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 202 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    While not wanting to take anything away from Guptill, the other debutant (N. Broome) made a valuable contribution.

    Definitely. His job may not have been as glamourous as Guptill's, but he executed perfectly. Years from now, we may look back on Saturday as the day the nightmare ended.

    And - can anyone explain to me again how embed youtube videos?

    Copy and paste the entire URL into the reply box, and post. Fear not; any failure on first attempt will merely make you the latest member in a large club!

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    of a large club.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Definitely. His job may not have been as glamourous as Guptill's, but he executed perfectly. Years from now, we may look back on Saturday as the day the nightmare ended.

    You don't want to put a bigger jinx on it do you?

    Did you do something similar when Sinclair scored a double ton on debut? Bond in the VB series?

    Man, get with the programme people!

    Since Nov 2006 • 6205 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Did anyone see Duminy's scoop six in last night's 20/20? He is going to score a LOT Of runs in all forms.

    Yup. Was off Shaun Tait - hardly a dibbly-dobber even if he was the most expensive bowler.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2233 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    There aren't many places where as a paying customer you are treated like a smuggler when you go in and potential pitch invader while you are there, wherever you are seated.

    I remember the happy days at Lancaster Park, where the crowd wandered onto the field at half-time to look at the (roped-off) pitch while the kids played cricket round the boundary.

    It was a great pressure release valve. I loved it.

    I also loved taking my thermos - nothing like a cup of tea while watching the cricket.

    I did drink Pimms at cricket once, my one and only test at Lords. At £12 a jug, at Lords, one jug between friends was enough!

    I think Cricket has struggled since it went on SKY, as it has a more limited audience than the old free-to-air. It used to feel like everyone watched it - on TVs in shops, on Sports round-up.
    It's popularity has waned.

    I also wonder how many kids who might be the BlackCapsoftheFuture are not playing back-yard cricket because they live in in-fill houses with no back yard.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I remember the happy days at Lancaster Park, where the crowd wandered onto the field at half-time to look at the (roped-off) pitch while the kids played cricket round the boundary.

    They still do it for the tests at the Basin. Last year my son (then six) broke his bat in half while playing on the hallowed ground - he reckoned it was the power in the shot, but in truth the bat was seriously cracked to start with. Still, he has fond memory of his thundering cover drive at the basin. And I of diving for catches on that magnificently soft grass.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7385 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    West Indies seem to be playing Vettori out (he's 10-0 off six overs) and might be trying to win the game off the other 40 overs. Which is brave.

    However we don't really want Gayle to be in 10 overs from now (he's got 79 of 124 runs so far). That would be bad.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6205 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Chapman,

    West Indies seem to be playing Vettori out (he's 10-0 off six overs) and might be trying to win the game off the other 40 overs. Which is brave.

    35 off his last four overs.

    It was a fine innings by the Windies, but pretty random. I don't know if they applied much strategy to it.

    However we don't really want Gayle to be in 10 overs from now (he's got 79 of 124 runs so far). That would be bad.

    134 of 243 when he got out. Bad, but a fantastic bad.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2008 • 132 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Is it tempting fate to think that Martin Guptill looks like he might be a really good player?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18963 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Is it tempting fate to think that Martin Guptill looks like he might be a really good player?

    Stuck here at work, every time cricinfo is slow to refresh I fear there's been a wicket! Must get home...

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 889 posts Report Reply

  • Blake Monkley,

    Get the calculator out.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Stuck here at work, every time cricinfo is slow to refresh I fear there's been a wicket! Must get home...

    Ditto. Following online ok here but. Looks like Taylor's going great guns. Well enough to get us ahead just in time... Class act that fella. A new Nate Astle/Paddy Batch

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2233 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Waiting for the rain to end, they're showing a nine year old cricket max game now, and I must say it's riveting. Wait, did I say "riveting"? I meant "insanely boring".

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7385 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Well that was a suitably crap way to end this drab one day series. DL may be a technically fair way of sorting out a shortened match result but it doesn't stop it being dull and vaguely ridiculous. To see the Windies go from time wasting between balls and overs while ahead to the Black Caps then doing the same as soon as they got their noses in front was not a particularly thrilling way to finish.

    The frustrating thing is that every single match day has been fine and dry here in Nelson. NZ Cricket should chip in to getting a decent stadium here as the alternative venue for all matches.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 889 posts Report Reply

  • Max Call,

    Also...
    why were there no reserve days??

    a cricket match has always been a good way to break a drought here in Hawkes Bay!

    Fruit Bowl of New Zealand… • Since Jun 2007 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Gotta say I agree with both Peter and Max - would love to see a game in either Nelson or Napier. It's been frustrating to follow from Sydney given that weather's had almost no significant impact on the current RSA tour...

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2233 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Yeah, the lack of reserve days in this series looks silly. What's the bet it's fine today at McLean Park and they could have played the last 15 overs no problem.

    Also, and I suspect this applies to most places around the country, since the washed out test, I think we've had two days of bad weather here in Dunedin.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6205 posts Report Reply

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