Sports versus politics

Trying to be inspired by something of interest in politics this morning is a bit of a battle after last night’s cricket excitement and the morning glow of pride and more hope.

What is there? Still a bit of spying stuff, another media beat-up in Northland… the by-election result will be of minor interest compared to the Black Caps final appearance on Sunday.

Sport can be exciting, inspirational.  Politics is a boring turn-off for most people.

Brendon McCullum displays far more open honesty, drive and determination, leadership and humility than any of the politicians and wannabe politicians on display in Northland.

Sports 1, politics 0.

Damp squib headline about rain and the cricket world cup

The World Cup quarter finals start today.

  • Wednesday 18th 4.30 pm (NZT) Sri Lanka versus South Africa (Sydney)
  • Thursday 19th 4.30 pm (NZT) Australia versus Pakistan (Adelaide)
  • Friday 20th 4.30 pm (NZT) Bangladesh versus India (Melbourne)
  • Saturday 21st 2.00 pm New Zealand versus West Indies (Wellington)

Stuff headline: Weather gods could send New Zealand to Cricket World Cup final

If the weather gods frown, the Black Caps could be smiling for the rest of this Cricket World Cup.

The knockout stages, starting in Sydney on Wednesday, see reserve days come into play for the rest of the tournament. Under the playing conditions, every opportunity will be taken to complete a minimum 20-overs-a-side match on the scheduled day if rain intervenes, but the match can resume on the reserve day rather than starting afresh.

Should rain not allow a match to be completed over two days, the team placed highest in pool play progresses. In that case the Black Caps could theoretically make the March 29 final without bowling another ball in Saturday’s quarterfinal or Tuesday’s semifinal in Auckland, as they topped pool A.

For the final in Melbourne, a super over will be used to separate teams in the event of a tie. If it rains for two days and the match can’t be completed, then the title will be shared

It’s interesting to know how that works but Headline gods could send Stuff to the stupid corner for being so misleading.

After the dramatics they say:

On current forecasts it’s unlikely New Zealand will be rained on, after a largely uninterrupted pool phase on this side of the Tasman.

The Metservice forecast for Wellington is for fine weather on Friday and Saturday, while the long-range prediction for Auckland is for fine weather and light winds on Tuesday.

So while weather could affect New Zealand’s progress the forecast suggests it’s unlikely.

It would be good to see New Zealand win or fail based on their ability to compete at the play-off stage. Rain would be a damp squib, as is this headline

Black Caps firing on all cylinders

The Black Caps had a comprehensive victory against Sri Lanka in th eopening game of the Crickety World Cup.

One good aspect of the win was how all players contributed.

The Black Caps batted first and both started and finished well with opener Brendon McCullum and middle order slammer Corey Anderson top scoring with 65 and 75 respectively.

All others who batted got into double figures. The lowest score from Taylor was 14, with the other batsmen getting 49, 57, 29 and 29 not out.

The honours were also shared by the bowlers, with the top five all getting two wickets.

So it was a strong and well balanced team performance from the Black Caps.

Scorecard at CricInfo.

In the meantime Australia hammered England in Melbourne. There’s a long way to go uintil the business end of the tournament.

Onslaught of sport

The sporting year was already cranking up. We’ve just had League Nines and Rugby Sevens weekends. The Breakers and the Phoenix have resumed their schedules. And many eyes are on Lydia Ko’s internationmal golfing progress.

But this weekend sport has raised a few notches.

The Super 15 kicked off for the year last night in Christchurch, with the Crsuaders being shocked by some Aussie team (the Melbourne Rebels deservedly won). The Brimbies hammered the Reds in Aus. And right now the Hurricanes are playing in South Africa. The beginning of six or seven games a weekend.

And today the Cricket World Cup starts in Christchurch, after an already busy cricket lead up schedule. Siz weeks of internatikonal cricket to come.

Cricket World Cup Official Website

Some will love this onslaught of sport. I’m certainly interested in keeping an eye on things.

Others won’t be so keen as Stuff depicts in Six weeks as a cricket widow – where do they find people to put themselves forward for stories like this? But they seem to have blooped.

LOSING BATTLE: Heather Casterline will cut a lovely figure for the next month and a half…

I don’t think Collette Devlin meant ‘lovely’, she seems to have dropped the ball there, as did her editors.

I hope the Black Caps are more accurate today.