Ali Williams doesn't just hug JC, he nails him with his shoulder flush on the chin.
Mike, too soon to say what matches will be played where (discussion on next season's venues hasn't begun yet).
*Can* tell you how stoked everyone at NZC is that we're going to be playing in Canterbury again - the organisation has very strong roots there and our cricket operations base is, erm, based at Lincoln. HQ was in Hereford St until an earthquake-enforced hasty evacuation. Lot of history was lost in that (including one of each of all NZ's ODI shirts from over the years). Gutting.
Anyway - everyone's delighted that Hagley Oval will host the fairly plum fixture of the very first game of the 2015 World Cup. Reckon it will be great.
@Bart understand on the weather - there's a bit of a policy on that, if less that 25 overs are played in an ODI, you get a 100% refund and so on for the other formats, all the details are here. Hopefully that would soften the 'lottery' a bit.
In case you missed it, the last two sessions were discounted on the fourth day at Eden Park, when the match was very interesting indeed. Thanks.
Hi all, just wanted to chip in with a couple of points (I work at NZC).
If you weren't aware or had missed it, the Priority Ticketing made your $40 ODI or Test day pass became $20 if you booked it three weeks out, or $30 right up until first ball of each match or Test match day's play - that goes for the Basin this week too. The usual fees etc go on top of that. So if you're planning on going to the Basin Test I'd get on board, there's heaps of time - scroll down to the pricing table. Like one commenter said, if you;re planning on going to more than one day a match pass is the way to go.
On days three we discounted the last session to $15 plus fees adults and and on day four we discounted the last two sessions, hope you all caught that on the Twitter. Again, if there's anything similar for Wellington, keep your eyes peeled on our account.
To compare, here are the prices for the MCG boxing day Test - cheapest on the gate is $45 from what I can see.
We're well aware of the feedback from the Test pricing in particular, as always, we will review it all in time for next season.
Anyway - the cricket, wasn't it brilliant? After going through the 'glorious near-miss' v England, it felt much, MUCH better to nail it this time. Looking forward to finishing the job in the capital. Cheers.
@Jeremy and @Robyn I'm getting serious The Club flashbacks from this - I was at the Pop Will Eat Itself show, which is still one of the loudest I've ever been too, an Exponents show when they'd *just* released Something Beginning With C, and Bjorn Again, who I recall were amazing.
Was that venue called 'Roxoff' before that? Hamilton had a nice line in night club names at the time (Shakes, Zacks, etc).
Hoodoo Gurus at Founders Theatre in Hamilton when I was 14. Would have been just after Mars Needs Guitars came out. Loved it!
In 1893 the NZRU stipulated at its annual general meeting that the uniform would be black jersey with a silver fern and white knickerbockers.
You don't see 'knickerbockers' in sports-apparel-marketing much these days.
You don't reckon Samoa or one of the other islands deserve a go at This Kind Of Thing? Would be more fun to watch IMHO.
Crème brûlée is much more fun at the end of a dinner party if you let everyone use the blowtorch themselves.
Wine + fire = fun, but burn things responsibly, obv. You might also like to crush up a Lindor chocolate and put it in the bottom of the ramekin as a surprise.