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Good Day At the Cricket – Bad Day On The Couch

Good Day At the Cricket – Bad Day On The Couch

Words Kevin List - Images by Ethan Tucker

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It was a scorching hot Saturday and what better way to spend it than heading down to Wellington's noble and rotund venue, the WestpacTrust stadium, to enjoy the spectacle of a one day cricket match.

For those poor fools who had bought the cheaper Sky Sport package (UHF only), because they wanted to see the Black Caps in action, paying the admission fee would certainly have been the better option. As the Super 14 rugby season now starts in early February, what was once New Zealand's number one summer sport faces the prospect of being ghettoised on Sky TV's minor sports channels.

For cricket's administrators there may need to be a re-think of just how valuable Pay TV's dollars are given the dismal coverage cricket is likely to get in rugby mad New Zealand.

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NZ 288/9 (50 overs)
Astle 90 (106), How 66 (91), Fleming 55 (48)
Gayle 10-1-42-2, Smith 10-0-50-2

W.Indies 207 (47.3 overs)
Sarwan 56 (83), Ganga 54 (77), Smith 38 (25)
Vettori 10-0-29-2, Mason 9-0-36-2, Patel 9.3-1-46-2

Man of the Match: Astle.

ENDS

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