|View from the Vance Stand|
Most of the Basin crowd seemed to consist of English supporters, but fortunately the noisier ones tended to congregate over on the southeastern bank. I should add that they seemed very well behaved, but I was glad to be over a hundred metres from the trumpet player, who blasted out singalonga-brass tunes and TV themes for the lads on tour to chant along to.
This was my first time seeing a match from a seat in the Vance Stand, named after Wellington cricket stalwart R.A. Vance (1924-94), who played for the province for 15 years and sired one of the participants of the famous 77-run over in 1990. It affords an excellent view, although the rusty supports probably need looking at if it's to avoid going the same way as the currently off-limits Museum Stand. From my position at the very top of the stand, seated with visiting pals Anne & Cecil down from Auckland, it was possible to survey the whole ground, and beyond to the planned site of the reviled and misguided Basin Reserve flyover. The top of the Vance also turned out to be a meeting place for several cricket personages: first the row in front of us sported New Zealand director of cricket John Buchanan, and later injured batsman Martin Guptill and her off the telly, cricket presenter Laura McGoldrick.
(Click photos to enlarge)
|Broad to Williamson: the ball the batsman fell caught & bowled for 42|
|Barmy Army supporters' flags|
|Michael Atherton & David Lloyd|
|McCullum departs for 69|
|Bob Willis & Nick Knight|
|That polar bear costume has got to be hot inside|
|Spot the height differential: Williamson & Fulton depart at close of play|
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