Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Filling The Basin

On Sunday, we headed down to Wellington’s cricket ground, the Basin Reserve, for a charity fundraiser for the Christchurch earthquake. Two guest teams had been assembled from cricketers past and present, and a few rugby players and actors, some of whom were in New Zealand for the filming of The Hobbit. Amongst those present either playing, coaching or umpiring were:

Shane Warne
Sir Richard Hadlee
Nathan Astle
Martin Crowe
Russell Crowe
Sir Ian McKellen
Martin Freeman
James Nesbitt
Ritchie McCaw
Tana Umaga

The Reserve was full (unlike on other occasions when we’d been there to watch the cricket) and a large proportion of the crowd were wearing the red & black that Canterbury’s cricket and rugby teams play in.

Shot, Bro!

There was entertainment before the game got underway, in the form of Jason Kerrison, singer from NZ band Op Shop, who gave us a couple of tunes. Then, after a minute’s silence, the national anthem was sung by Kristin Darragh.

And then the game began. Although it was a “friendly” match, no quarter was being given…but as there was a $1,000 bonus being offered for every boundary scored, there waren’t many lunges to stop the fours reaching the rope. Unless, that is, you were the twelfth man, who’d paid top dollar on Trademe for the privilege, and who made a heroic diving stop to save one such boundary.

Tana Umaga, former All Blacks captain, had a bowl, and took the wicket of McMillan, one of Christchurch’s stalwart batsmen; before taking a stunning catch and dismissing Dion Nash for a duck in the next over. He’s no slouch, and the Black Caps should keep an eye on him…!

At half time, there was the promised encounter between Shane Warne and Prime Minister John Key. The first ball was a tricky one…

Warne delivers his trademark underarm ball to the PM

After that, Warne bowled properly (-ish), but the PM was up to the task, and hit him to the boundary twice, with his attempt to hit a six off the final ball of the over bouncing just inside the rope.

After the break, Wellington came in to chase the 225 total set by the Cantabrians. It looked like a hopeless task, and, although they managed one over with 3 sixes and two fours, they were (in typical Wellington style) always behind the required run rate, and finished up with 215.

Yet another good day out at the Reserve, and all in a good cause, with over half a million dollars raised on the day.

1 comment:

  1. A properly ossum day out. And all in a good cause. Bravo all.

    Meanwhile, no sooner had the UK earthquake rescue teams got home from NZ, they were back on a plane to Japan. Truly horrific there.

    Here in sleepy Betteshanger, David had a birthday. In celebration wewent to see The King's Speech (that film will do well, I think), had a minor gathering with canapes and cake last evening and today I'm taking D to lunch at The Marquis in Alkham. http://www.themarquisatalkham.co.uk/ It's been awarded a rising Michelin star - whatever that means. I'm sure I'll work it out.
    Sadly, I've given up wine for Lent (actually started before Lent). Why did I do that ? Do you think Mr God Almighty might forgive me if I had a glass with lunch ? No, comes a booming voice from the clouds. Oh.
    Am also doing a spot of 6.30am running. Again, why ? Probably because I haven't given up cake for Lent. Tried, but found myself eating a croissant at 9.30am on Ash Wednesday. Blown it already. Okay, not technically a cake, but the writing was on the wall.
    So the parent folk will be with you on St. Paddy's Day. Hope you all have a wunnerful time.
    Pip pip, H x