New Zealand v England ODI, The Cake Tin, Wellington, Feb 2002
Did I need to get out more? Chronologically there are gaps here. I can't have spent six months at home, not going out to anything… bit clearly some things aren't worthy saving the ticket stubs from. Online technology and ‘print your own tickets’ means sometimes there isn't even a ticket to keep, which is stupid. I digress. To cricket! A one day intentional at the (then) Westpac Trust Stadium, or the Cake Tin, as it is known. I have such fond memories of this game because we absolutely trounced the Poms, dismissing them for a paltry 89 runs, and winning by 155 runs. Three Lions on your shirt. All Spanked! There was a good crowd in, and the group I was with was a mix of Kiwis and Brits, but very early in the second English innings our Blighty-leaning chums were getting roasted. The scorecard for the game is here, and as you can see the English wickets were falling, collapsing like Italian governments, to raucous response from the crowd. In a way the visitors were not renowned for their 50 over abilities because it is not their dominant form of limited overs cricket. As each batsman walked out to bat, his profile and head shot would come up on the big screen, displaying best figures etc. Much hilarity was had at the fact that quite a few of the English guys had no half centuries… our whole section ended up chanting “Noooooo fiiiiftieeeeeees!” to each one. So mature. This win leveled the series at 2-2, and the Black Caps went on to win the 5th ODI in Christchurch the following week, and win the series 3-2. The Test series between these team was drawn 1-1 on the same tour. England won by 98 runs in the third test in Christchurch in early March. However, every Kiwi cricket fan remembers that match for Nathan Astle’s willow windmill effort of 222 runs. I don’t like cricket. I love it -ah!