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Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?

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  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    USA is surprisingly sparkly throughout. Expats of British colonial stripes I presume. NZ disappears in glow by 11pm, but the area around India goes nuclear. That's what a billion voices sounds like. They weren't even playing!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10633 posts Report Reply

  • Mikaere Curtis,

    I wanted to watch the cricket last night, but my wife wasn't having it (reality cooking shows on Food TV are her thing).

    Then we heard the roar of the crowd at Eden Park - we live in Morningside - so we just had to switch over to see what the fuss was about. I was glued to the screen after that.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 528 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell, in reply to Russell Brown,

    That's very cool. Quite a bit of interest in the US. And (finally) a little blip from Scott Base!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell, in reply to BenWilson,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee,

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    I love that piece by Andy Bull.
    This link is cool, from the comments thread - a crowd's eye view of the great moment.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 821 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    I’m married to an Ozzie. Usually, I support them against anyone else.

    And I live in Oz so will support them unless they play NZ.

    Also, lots and lots of Australians were barracking for the Kiwis last night - I had lots of SMSs from Aussie's advising me the score (and ABC carried the live broadcast).

    Sometimes I wonder if Kiwis have more of an issue with Aussies than vice versa.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Shaun Lott,

    d Prime (along with Maori TV, RNZ…) sadly absent from my Freeview.

    Yeah Prime changed its frequency a while ago go here to tune your freeview to pick it up

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Boden, in reply to Danielle,

    Also: American husband completely won over by this World Cup*. It can be done! One American at a time!

    *He kept mixing up his cricket terminology with his baseball terminology, urging Elliot to do a “walk-off” and “call his shot like Babe Ruth”, but that added an extra layer of fun to the proceedings.

    I’m American and have been living in various countries in the Commonwealth for the past 18 years (in NZ for almost 13 years). When I first arrived in the UK I started following cricket and even played for five years. Last night’s game was the best finish I’ve ever seen.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan, in reply to Russell Brown,

    haha i loved the single tweet from the middle of no where in Alaska popping up.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Sometimes I wonder if Kiwis have more of an issue with Aussies than vice versa.

    That was always my take. There’s generally a fondly paternal attitude, a sense that they’re actually pretty glad to have a stable and peaceful (and small) neighbor with similar European heritage, and they seem to prefer to not even think about the indigenous differences.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10633 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I could understand the part when the referees where checking to see if the ball had hit the camera wire. Is it not actualy a catch, if the ball touches an obstacle, without exception? what if the ball hits the Tellevision drone?

    I don't watch a lot of sports on TV, but that game was awsome!

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4310 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Couldn't believe that apparently both Elliot and Vettori stopped mid field to see if one of those last 'gimme' catches was caught!
    Guys! Get the points no matter what looks like a certainty...
    ...great clown routine on those last coupla dropped catches, though!
    (phew)

    if ya can't get to a telly for the final...
    I have listened to earlier non-free-to air-games on the web via
    http://www.iheart.com/live/radio-sport-6194/
    with http://wwwcricbuzz.com up as well...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Sometimes I wonder if Kiwis have more of an issue with Aussies than vice versa.

    Having lived in Sydney, I think that's definitely true. And I think the feeling here in NZ is fed by a perception that Australia dismisses and ignores NZ to a degree.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    the bigger they are...

    Also: American husband completely won over by this World Cup*. It can be done! One American at a time!

    Another one down...
    I heard Marty Duda attest to his conversion to the game on the radio today, during his Jimmy Cliff segment...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to steven crawford,

    I could understand the part when the referees where checking to see if the ball had hit the camera wire. Is it not actualy a catch, if the ball touches an obstacle, without exception? what if the ball hits the Tellevision drone?

    I'm not sure what the playing conditions in this case actually were (and they didn't say in the coverage so I'm picking the commentators didn't know either), but it is common for the ball to be ruled as dead if it hits an obstruction in the field of play. This is the case, for example, at Ethihad Stadium if the ball hits the roof when the roof is closed. So presumably if it hit the wire or the drone, it would have been a dead ball, no runs could be scored and it would have been not out.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    The basic rule of sports-nationalism is that you don't get to win a lot and be loved. The Australian cricket team is pretty unlovable, as are (to many non-New Zealanders) the All Blacks. I'm sure the Black Caps will attract plenty of Schadenfreude when they fail to win their third World Cup in a row in 2023, thanks to foolhardy picks by chairman of selectors Mark Richardson.

    Plus, you know, Channel Nine and all that. It's only natural to want those commentators - sorry, the team - to lose.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1321 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce,

    Fantastic edge of the seat stuff and we came out the right side of it.

    That photo of Elliott offering a hand to Steyn is interesting, if you watched it live on the telly Steyn petulantly pulls his hand away from Elliott, turns his back and refuses the hand up.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 499 posts Report Reply

  • llew40, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    I saw that too, although preferred to ascribe it to massive disappointment and sheer knackerism (with a twanged hammy to boot) rather than petulance :) Everything else seemed to suggest a lot of respect between the teams.

    Since Nov 2012 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    That photo of Elliott offering a hand to Steyn is interesting, if you watched it live on the telly Steyn petulantly pulls his hand away from Elliott, turns his back and refuses the hand up.

    The disappointment would have been overwhelming.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to simon g,

    The basic rule of sports-nationalism is that you don’t get to win a lot and be loved. The Australian cricket team is pretty unlovable, as are (to many non-New Zealanders) the All Blacks.

    I don't think that’s universally true. The great West Indian sides of the 70’s and 80’s commanded both respect and fear, and they were also loved by fans around the world. The Australians have been at times too, e.g. under Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor they were not as disliked as they are now despite being more successful. But this team are disliked not (just) for their ability and success but because they are seen as arrogant and uncouth. I don’t respect them at all because they don’t respect anyone but themselves.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce, in reply to llew40,

    Oh yeah, real emotion from Morkel, De Villiers, De Kock.

    We'll give Steyn the benefit of the doubt, he was in the line up shaking hands at the end.

    On the other hand Elliott might have been getting one last sledge in....
    There's a meme of that photo doing the rounds with Elliott saying "it's best to stand up when you're choking"

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 499 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    yeah im going to let that go to being caught at such a down moment in front of the that many people feeling the oppisite must be crazy

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    This is great: TrendsMap’s timeline visualisation of the #NZvSA hashtag last night. Check out India!

    Nobody reads my posts, do they? Typical.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    Nobody reads my posts, do they? Typical.

    Yeah, duh. I misread a tweet crediting it back to the discussion (ie: you) and and popped it into the comments while I was working on something else because it was so cool … then realised what the tweet meant …

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

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