Sports correspondent & historian
What a night at the Bay Oval on Sunday evening, when the Black Caps took on Pakistan in the ICC International Twenty20 series decider.
The game had everything that is great about the sport that we love and enjoy – a sellout (well behaved) crowd, plenty of parochial support for both sides and the weather providing the region with just another day in paradise.
The enthusiasm of the Pakistan supporters was outstanding with a couple of cheer-leaders directing plenty of chanting and applause.
Add in the second half Mexican waves and we all had a night that will be remembered for more than just the cricket.
The exciting part about Sunday night’s encounter is that it was just the entree to the big game of the season, when England and the Barmy Army pay a visit to the Bay Oval on the 28th February, to square off with the Black Caps.
The England followers wear their passion for their team on their sleeve, with the vocal chants later in the afternoon often more entertaining than the cricket.
This Saturday brings another big contest to the Bay Oval with the final of the ICC Under Cricket World Cup.
At the time of writing, Australia has progressed to the final stanza, with their opponent to be found from the India verses Pakistan semi-final on Tuesday.
Daily Sky Television coverage has seen plenty of all-action contests and exciting finishes, with none more nail-biting than the Australia v England quarter-final in Queenstown.
Australia looked to be headed for the ignominy of missing the semi-finals, after being rolled for just 127 runs.
Enter Aussie leggie Lloyd Pope, who ripped apart the England batting attack, grabbing a remarkable eight wickets at a cost of 35 runs to give the Aussies a 31 run win.
The Australian bowlers eight wicket haul in Central Otago, showed all about the up and down nature of the game.
Just a week before, in the Bay Oval match-up between the Australia and India, the Aussie redhead dropped two catches in quick succession with India going on to reach 328/7 and defeat Australia by 100 runs.
Following on from last weeks piece about the rules of the game in cricket contests - this writer has down a little research about the history of the Laws of the game.
Laws of Cricket is a code that specifies the rules of the game of cricket worldwide.
The earliest known code was drafted in 1744 and since 1788 it has been owned and maintained by its custodian, being the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in London.
There are currently 42 Laws which outlines all aspects of how the game is to be played. MCC have re-written the Laws on six occasions with the seventh edition of the rules of cricket released in October 2017.
The MCC is a private club which was formerly cricket’s official governing body, a role now fulfilled by the ICC (International Cricket Council).
The MCC retain copyright of the Laws and only the MCC may change the Laws, which today is in close consultation with the ICC.
Seeya at the Bay Oval