Glad to see Fairfax know what day it is

Today, March 10, 2017.

Someone hit the Publish button instead of the schedule button.

Tom Pritchard better still be alive on Friday.


The Decider: New Zealand v South Africa, 5th ODI

In Auckland, with short boundaries at Eden Park and the TAB is giving it to South Africa.

Cloudy periods. Chance shower from evening. Southwesterly.


ODI 3: New Zealand v Australia

No more excuses. ?If we want the Chappell Hadley trophy, we must win this one.

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New Zealand v Australia ODI 2

Matt Henry of New Zealand celebrates his wicket of Steven Smith of Australia. ANZ International Series, 1st Chappell-Hadlee Trophy ODI between New Zealand Back Caps and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. 3 February 2016. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung /

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New Zealand v Australia – 1st ODI (Auckland)

via Stuff

It’s all on. ?Our cobbers from across the ditch are coming to put is in our place again. ?Except…

Can they make it six out of six?


Laver & Wood: Kiwi cricket bat success story in crowdsourced capital raise


My mate James Laver is the best custom cricket bat maker in the world. He is based in the?Hawkes Bay and is doing a capital raising effort at the moment. I know of plenty of top class international cricketers who use his bats, though you’d never know it. James certainly never says who they are.

Waipawa based cricket bat maker Laver & Wood is seeking crowd funding to help expand. James Laver, the chief batmaker, explains how the changing nature of the cricket bat market has created a niche for small premium producers like Laver & Wood.

?Over the last decade or so most cricket bat manufacturing has moved to mass machine production, for sports stores bat racks. At Laver & Wood we make all our bats by hand, for individual batsmen using traditional bat making methods. Our factory would be recognisable to the bat makers of the 1850s, when the current design of bat was invented? says James. ? Read more »

Brendon McCullum blames ICC for Cairns’ acquittal

Former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum has used one of the biggest platforms in cricket — a speech at Lord’s — to say he stands by the match-fixing allegations he made against former teammate Chris Cairns.

Cairns was found not guilty at a trial last year in which McCullum was the trial’s biggest witness.

McCullum was off the pitch but still on the attack at Lord’s, and didn’t appear to be afraid to re-litigate the trial.

“I think it appropriate, standing here at the home of cricket, to confirm that I stand by everything said in my statements and the evidence I gave at the Southwark Crown Court,” he said.

Cairns was found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice late last year — and by extension, he was found not guilty of match-fixing.

McCullum was the key witness who gave evidence against his former hero.

“I did not initially report Cairns’ approaches to me. As I said in the witness box when under cross-examination, it’s not easy ‘ratting’ on someone I regarded as a mate. And frankly, I was scared and I felt completely out of my depth,” he said. […]

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Face of the day

Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum

It’s practically Brendon McCullum’s backyard, and for a tick over two hours that’s just how the New Zealand captain treated Hagley Oval.

Only a short drive from his home in his adopted city, McCullum owned the Hagley strip once again. Grown men watched in child-like wonderment and the 8000 or so guests loved every minute of this farewell party in the 30degC sunshine. Welcome to the house of Baz, double world record holder of test sixes (106) and fastest test century (54 balls). These script-writers deserve a raise.

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Aussies whinging like Poms over cricket loss

The Aussies are sounding more and more like whinging Poms with their weapons-grade whining over the latest cricket loss.

Brendon McCullum’s hypocrisy and “mob rule” by a “rabid” crowd combined to bring Australia down at Seddon Park, according to Australian media as they reacted to the Matt Henry catching controversy.

“McCullum’s (international) ODI swansong will be remembered for the bizarre wicket of Marsh, which will further raise doubt in the Australian dressing room over the Black Caps’ status as the modern day torchbearers for sportsmanship,” the Sydney Morning Herald’s Andrew Wu wrote.

Wu reported there were “…heated scenes between the two teams with claims Matthew Wade had called Grant Elliott a “f****** coward” for sledging an angry Marsh as he left. Marsh then appeared to yell “f****** bullshit” as he walked off the field despite a consolatory tap from McCullum.” ? Read more »

New Zealand v Australia ODI 3



It’s the series decider.? Win or lose, let’s hope it’s a good battle right to the last over or two.